India’s Reliance achieves commercial output at new PP line

12 May 2009 13:41  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--The first cargo from Reliance Industries Ltd’s (RIL) new polypropylene (PP) line at Jamnagar, in India’s Gujarat state, has hit the domestic market after the line achieved commercial production late last week, a source close to the company said on Tuesday.

However, the 450,000 tonne/year line is sourcing propylene feedstock from its old fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit at Jamnagar, as the new FCC unit is only expected to start up on 15 May, the source said.

“The new PP line is operating at 50% capacity right now, and can be ramped up only after the new FCC unit starts up on 15 May,” the source said.

“The second PP line with the same capacity, [450,000 tonnes/year], will be commissioned around two months later,” the source added.

Operating rates at Reliance’s old 1m tonne/year PP facility have had to be reduced due to the diversion of propylene to the new line, the source said.

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