Reliance delays restart of Nagothane complex to 5 June

04 June 2010 08:29  [Source: ICIS news]

Correction: In the ICIS news story headlined "Reliance delays restart of Nagothane complex to 5 June" dated 4 June 2010, please read in the fifth paragraph ...gas cracker... instead of ...naphtha cracker.... A corrected story follows.

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--India's biggest petrochemical producer, Reliance Industries, has further delayed the restart of its cracker complex at Nagothane, in Maharashtra state, and expects to have it up and running by 5 June, a source close to the company said on Friday.

“Technical issues are the main cause of the delay,” the source said, declining to elaborate further.

The facility was earlier expected to restart on 11 May but was held up due to minor problems. The complex was shut down for maintenance on 16 April.

The delay comes amid a tight supply situation in the Indian market, especially for polypropylene.

Reliance’s Nagothane facility includes a 400,000 tonne/year gas cracker, a 120,000 tonne/year PP plant, a 240,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE)/linear low density PE (LLDPE) swing unit and a 110,000 tonne/year low density PE (LDPE) unit.

Other PE and PP producers include Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd and Gail India Ltd.

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By: Prema Viswanathan
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