India’s RIL eyes technology for mega-chem site

27 September 2008 00:05  [Source: ICIS news]

NEW DELHI (ICIS news)--India’s Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is evaluating process technologies for 30 plants to be set up in phases at an export-focused mega petrochemical complex costing Indian Rupees(Rs)600bn ($12bn), a government official said on Friday.

The company has told a government-appointed committee of environmental experts it would soon conclude discussions with prospective technology collaborators for various plants.

The plants would be implemented in five segments based on production streams, the official said. Each stream would have a few intermediate and downstream plants. The complex would be located within special economic zone (SEZ) in at Jamnagar in Gujarat State, where RIL subsidiary Reliance Petroleum Limited (RPL) is getting ready to commission its refinery/polypropylene complex during the fourth quarter. 

The complex would draw feedstock from this complex as well as from RIL’s first refinery/petrochemical complex, which is outside the 4,545-acre SEZ at the site. 

The complex would include a coke gasification plant that would produce synthesis gas by processing 8.75m tonnes/year of petroleum coke generated by the twin refineries. The synthesis gas would be processed in 625,000 tonne/year methanol plant. The methanol and carbon dioxide would serve as feedstock for 1m tonne/year acetic acid plant.

The downstream plants would include a 700,000 tonne/year vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) plant, a 350,000 tonne/year polyvinyl acetate (PVA) plant and a 125,000 tonne/year polyvinyl alcohol plant.

The site would also include a multi-feed cracker with the capacity to produce 3.45m tonnes/year of ethylene and other intermediates. The downstream units of this segment would have the capacity to make 1.25m tonnes/year of three glycols, including mono ethylene glycol (MEG) and 750,000 tonnes/year of high density polyethylene/linear low density polyethylene and polypropylene (HDPE/LLDPE).

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