MOSCOW (MRC) -- Reliance Industries (RIL) has taken off-stream one of its polypropylene (PP) plants in Jamnagar, India for a scheduled maintenance, according to CommoPlast with reference to market sources.
Thus, this unit with an annual capacity of 400,000 tons/year of PP was shut on 5 August 2021 and will remain idle for approximately one month.
The local supply is expected to take a hit from the shutdown, especially when demand is recovering from the COVID-19 outbreak.
As MRC reported earlier, RIL shut its another PP unit in Jamnagar, India for a 20-day maintenance on 15 October, 2020. This unit came back online on 5 November, 2020. The plant has an annual capacity of 480,000 tons/year.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, PP shipments to the Russian market were 727,160 tonnes in the first six months of 2021, up by 31% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased. Supply of statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) subsided.
Reliance Industries is one of the world's largest producers of polymers. Thus, the company produces among others polypropylene, polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride.