ONGC to invest ₹15,000 crore in its petrochem unit for fin revamp

Currently, ONGC holds 49.36% share in OPaL, which operates a mega petrochemical plant at Dahej in Gujarat, while GAIL (India) Ltd has 49.21% stake in it

ONGC petrochem

Mumbai: State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has decided to pump in ₹15,000 crore in ONGC Petro-additions Ltd (OPaL) as part of a financial restructuring. The financial restructuring is aimed at edging out the gas utility firm, GAIL, from its petrochemical firm, media reports said.

Currently, ONGC holds 49.36% share in OPaL, which operates a mega petrochemical plant at Dahej in Gujarat. GAIL (India) Ltd has 49.21% stake in it while Gujarat State Petrochemical Corp (GSPC) has the remaining 1.43%, officials said.

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The ONGC board has recently given its go ahead to the financial restructuring proposal of the petchem firm, which had been making losses due to its high debt. ONGC will convert share warrants into equity, buy-back debentures and invest ₹7,000 crore more equity, which will give it about 95% stake, according to a regulatory filing by the refiner to the stock exchanges.

The proposal approved includes “conversion of share warrants issued by OPaL and subscribed by ONGC into equity shares upon payment of final call money of ₹86.281 crore at the rate of ₹0.25 per warrant,” it said.

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