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Energy transition is shifting demand from traditional products of refining, including gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. At the same time, the trend is exacerbated by a COVID-19–related drop in fuel demand from the transport sector. Petrochemicals feedstocks, often regarded as by- products of refining activity and priced as such, are likely to take a greater percentage of the barrel. Traditionally, naphtha has sold at little higher than crude oil but this will change as chemicals move from 25%–30% of oil demand growth to 70%–100% of growth when fuel demand reaches a plateau.
As part of this trend, refinery/petrochemical integration is deepening globally, and the interest of energy companies in chemicals in growing. Strategies are changing and major investments are underway—on a new scale and involving new technologies.
How will this play out in India
Which companies will be involved?
What new regional alliances will be forged?