Reliance delays start-up of Jamnagar PP plant to end-April

19 March 2009 12:26  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--India’s Reliance Industries Ltd has pushed back the start-up of its new 900,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant at Jamnagar in Gujarat by a month and now expects it to be up and running by the end of April, a source close to the project said on Thursday.

The plant was previously scheduled to start up in the second half of March.

"Trial production at the new PP plant is expected to begin by end-March, commercial output should be achieved a month later," the source said.

Reliance officials were not available for comment.

The fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) unit, which will provide propylene feedstock to the PP plant, would also be ready by the end of April, the source said. The FCC unit is connected to the new Jamnagar refinery, which started up in December last year.

During trial production, the new PP plant would source propylene from the existing FCC unit at Jamnagar, the source said.

With the start-up of the new plant, Reliance's total PP capacity at Jamnagar will total 1.9m tonnes/year.

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