India: petrochemicals plant

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) will be investing in its Hazira petrochemicals plant within the next year. The investment will go into three facilities – polyester, ethylene and purified terephthalic acid (PTA) – as also some downstream facilities and a captive power plant. RIL has already got the Central Government’s nod for this investment that will be completed by next year. The polyester manufacturing capacity enhancement will be to the tune of 5.5 lakh tonnes, taking up its overall polyester capacity to 20 lakh tonnes a year. This project will be completed during the current fiscal. The ethylene cracker de-bottlenecking at Hazira will see a 33% capacity expansion from the present 7.5 lakh tonnes a year to one million tonnes. While 50% of this project would be completed during the current fiscal, the rest of the facility would come next year. As part of the polyester fibre intermediate manufacturing facility expansion, RIL is also setting up a new PTA plant at Hazira with a capacity of 6.3 lakh tonnes a year. This would take up the company’s consolidated PTA capacity to 19 lakh tonnes and is scheduled for completion next year. The de-bottlenecking will also lead to capacity expansion of other building blocks such as propylene. RIL is also expected to start commercial production at an upcoming 125,000-tpa butadiene plant at Hazira during the current financial year.

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