21 September 2007 16:52 [Source: ICIS news]
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A company source said on Friday that such tie-ups were being considered for taking up projects at Refining & Marketing Research & Technology Centre (RMRTC) at its refining-cum-petrochemical complex at
RMRTC, which was set up during 2006-07, is RIL’s third R&D facility. The company already operates Polymer Research & Technology Centre at Mumbai and Reliance Technology Centre at Patalganga near Mumbai.
RMRTC is currently implementing a R&D project in collaboration with
It is slated to start operating a pilot plant for enhancing propylene recovery from fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) process by May 2008.
The basic objective of this initiative is to enhance propylene production at two FCC units of RIL’s export-oriented refinery-cum-petrochemical complex.
RIL is evaluating the possibility of producing anode coke from low-value FCC bottom in collaboration with ConocoPhilips.
RIL had last year signed a memorandum of understanding (MOUs) with Chevron for setting up a technology development centre in
This proposal coincided with a separate MoU (memorandum of understanding) under which Chevron picked 5% stake in RIL subsidiary Reliance Petroleum Limited (RPL), which is slated to complete refinery-cum-polypropylene complex at
RMRTC would have facilities for R&D in the area of hydroprocessing, aromatics, catalyst development, bio-refining, coker, simulation and analytical science. These facilities would be developed in phases over the next four to five years.
RIL’s other two technology development centres already have operating collaborations with Canada’s Nova Chemicals and Standford University of the United States.
The company also has R&D projects operating in tie-up with leading Indian R&D institutes and universities.
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