Reliance to restart Gandhar HDPE on Friday after repairs

19 March 2009 09:41  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--India's Reliance Industries expects to restart its 150,000 tonne/year high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plant in Gandhar on Friday after a five-day outage, a source close to the company said on Thursday.

"The unscheduled shutdown was caused by mechanical problems which are being resolved," the source said. It would result in a production loss of around 2,500 tonnes of PE, he added.

"Although it's a small plant, the shutdown has unleashed supply concerns in the Indian market," said a trader.

This is the second time the plant in the Indian state of Gujarat has been shut down this year. The last shutdown was between January and February, when it was off line for two weeks.

Reliance officials were not available for comment.

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