The Indian chemicals industry has said it will resist any sale of products made with BHP-branded chemicals by the world’s largest private oil company.
In a letter to BHP executives on Wednesday, the industry body Chemicals India said that its members will not accept any sale by BHP as they do not consider the products to be BHP’s or its subsidiary’s property.
Chemicals India, the countrys largest chemical and chemical equipment manufacturer, said it was “unaware” of any such sale and will not permit any such sales of BHPs products.
The company is owned by BHPL and BHP, which is controlled by Indian conglomerate Tata.
BHP was granted a licence to operate the country’s largest oil refinery last year by India’s Petroleum Minister Vijay Goel.
The industry body said it would consider the letter as an “urgent message” that it is “in a state of crisis” and its members are “very concerned about the situation”.
Chemicals Indian said it has a policy of “supportive and cooperative” with the companies.
“The industry is not aware of any possible sale by the company of any BHP products.
We will not be part of any sale,” Chemicals Indian chairman Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters in New Delhi.BHP had been given a licence by the government to produce a new type of chemical called hydrochloric acid, which has been linked to cancer.
The chemical is known to cause cancer in humans and animals.
The chemicals regulator of India, NITI Aayog, has also warned that a BHP deal could pose serious problems for the country.