GAIL plans to further debottleneck Pata cracker

04 March 2008 18:21  [Source: ICIS news]

MUMBAI (ICIS news)--GAIL India Limited plans to further debottleneck its cracker at Pata in Uttar Pradesh state by 90,000 tonnes to 500,000 tonnes/year within a year once its new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) line has stabilised production, a company executive said on Tuesday.

“We had recently finished debottlenecking the cracker to 410,000 tonne/year from 310,000 tonne/year,” Gail chairman and managing director UD Choubey told ICIS news on the sidelines of the International Petrochem Conference.

The debottlenecking to 500,000 tonne/year would be completed by March 2009, another source close to the company said.

“The additional ethylene [C2] would enable Gail to operate its existing PE plants at full capacity,” he added.

Gail’s new 100,000 tonne/year HDPE plant at Pata is currently running at 75% capacity. The extra C2 would be used to debottleneck it to 120,000 tonnes/year, the source said.

“Gail is also examining alternatives for the balance C2 that would be available after the cracker debottlenecking,” he added.

The two-day conference, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), concludes on 5 March.

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