India's GSFC to upgrade capro plant with Enco aid

25 November 2008 11:54  [Source: ICIS news]

NEW DELHI (ICIS news)--India’s Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals (GSFC) will revamp its caprolactam plant at Vadodara in Gujarat in technical collaboration with Switzerland’s Enco Engineering, a government official said on Tuesday.

In its technical collaboration application filed with the government, the company said it would revamp the cyclohexaone section of the caprolactam plant to reduce consumption of intermediates and utilities per tonne of capro.

Capro intermediate cyclohexone is produced through a two-step process, starting with partial hydrogenation of benzene, which results in production of cylcohexanol and cyclohexane.

These serve as alternative intermediate for cyclohexone production depending on the process used.

GSGC would pay €4.85m ($6.2m) to Enco for technology licensing and provision of engineering services. The former company would spend an additional rupees (Rs) 287m ($5.8m) on installation of certain equipment, the official said.

GSFC also intended to expand its caprolactam capacity to 120,000 tonnes/year from 70,000 tonnes/year at a cost of Rs10bn, it said, without specifying timeframes for the completion of either project .

($1 = €0.78/Rs49.90)

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By: Naresh Minocha
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