MOSCOW (MRC) -- Private Indian refiner Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) is likely to shut crude distillation unit (CDU) at its refinery in the western Indian state of Gujarat, as per Apic-online.
A Polymerupdate source in India informed that the unit is likely to be taken off-stream in early May 2016 for a maintenance turnaorund. It is slated to remain shut for period of around 20 days.
Located in Jamnagar, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, the refinery has a production capacity of 580,000 bpd.
As MRC reported earlier, in April 2015, RIL successfully put into operation two plants in Dahej, Gujarat, India. The first is a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin plant, which consists of two lines with a combined manufacturing capacity of 650 KTA. Purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and mono ethylene glycol (MEG), the two feedstocks for the new PET plant, are available within the Dahej complex, offering the advantages of lower freight costs and consistent product quality due to in-house raw material linkages. India is one of the fastest growing markets for PET packaging, with demand increasing by 15%–20% annually.
The second facility is a new purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant that provides a capacity of 1,150 KTA. With the commissioning of this plant, also built with Invista technology, Reliance’s total PTA capacity will increase to 3.2 MMTPA, and its global capacity share will rise to 4%. Paraxylene, the key feedstock for the PTA plant, is sourced from Reliance’s Jamnagar refinery.
Reliance Industries is one of the world's largest producers of polymers. The company's polymer production includes polypropylene, polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride, etc.