Indian Oil sees full PP homopolymers output from Panipat in June

04 May 2010 10:08  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--State-run Indian Oil Corp (IOC) is currently producing only injection moulding grade polypropylene (PP) at its 600,000 tonne/year plant in Panipat, with the full range of homopolymers likely to churned out in June, company sources said on Tuesday.

Its injection moulding grade PP "has passed the quality tests and been declared prime grade", one source said, adding that "it will take a month or so for us to produce other vanilla grades of PP, such as raffia and film".

PP end-users anxiously await for IOC to begin producing other grades such as raffia, which is in high demand and currently in short supply, market sources said.

The PP plant would take a few more months to produce copolymers, the IOC source said.

IOC’s 857,000 tonne/year cracker, commissioned in March, and the PP plant, which achieved commercial production on 1 May, are currently running at 60% capacity, the source said.  

These plants were expected to achieve full output in two to three months, said another company source.

IOC's 650,000 tonne/year polyethylene (PE) facility in Panipat, meanwhile, may achieve commercial production next month, the first source said.

Other major Indian producers of PE and PP include Reliance Industries and Haldia Petrochemicals.

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By: Prema Viswanathan
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