Total, IOC form joint venture to manufacture bitumen derivatives

The operations of this JV would commence by taking over an existing plant of Total at Jodhpur

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French energy giant Total SA and Indian Oil Corp (IOC) announced a 50:50 joint venture to manufacture and market high-quality bitumen derivatives and specialty products for the growing road-building industry in India.

"The new JV will combine the R&D and marketing strengths of both IOC and Total to manufacture and market innovative bitumen formulations and superior quality products such as polymer-modified bitumen, crumb rubber modified bitumen, bitumen emulsions and other specialty products," the two firms said in a joint statement.

The joint venture company will set up manufacturing units across the country with cost-effective logistics solutions, keeping innovation, safety, and sustainability at the helm of its operations.

Total is the leading bitumen manufacturer and supplier in Europe, while IOC is the largest player in the Indian bitumen market.

The JV will also explore possibilities to cater to other South Asian markets, the statement said.

The two companies already have an established business relationship in India, notably in the LPG and fuel additives businesses.

"India is a strategic country for the future of Total and we are delighted by this partnership, yet another testimony of our commitment to this fast-growing market," said Patrick Pouyanne, chairman and CEO of Total.

"Today, Total is further cementing its longstanding business cooperation with IOC into a strong and sustainable new partnership. With this agreement, we are pursuing the growth of businesses with key Indian energy players, adding to our ongoing developments in renewables, gas, and power," he added.

IOC chairman Shrikant Madhav Vaidya said, "The IndianOil-Total joint venture company would combine IOC's credentials as India's flagship national oil company and the Total's strength as an international energy major.

" It would cater to B2B customers involved in road infrastructure development, both in the government and private sectors.

"This joint venture company would bring in the latest technologies and formulations for Polymer Modified Bitumen (PMB) and other fast-growing non-conventional derivatives such as cold mix & microemulsion, block bitumen, etc. to the Indian market.

The operations of this JV would commence by taking over an existing plant of Total at Jodhpur and subsequently set up new Greenfield plants," he said.

The government has a strong focus on developing the country's road infrastructure with mega projects like 'Bharatmala' which envisages the development of 34,800 kms of roads at an estimated investment of over Rs 5 lakh crore in the first phase.

The demand for aggregate material and manufactured material for the highway construction and rehabilitation sector in India is very high, especially for good-quality bitumen derivatives, the statement said.

"The IOC and Total JV will offer high-spec products using sustainable technologies," it said.

Total has been present in India since 1993 and currently has over 900 employees.

It has chemical, LPG, and lubricant businesses and had recently struck a joint venture with Adani Group for fuel and gas marketing and renewable energy.

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