Reliance to restart Jamnagar FCC unit by 12 June

11 June 2010 11:09  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--India’s Reliance Industries has shut down one of its two fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) units at Jamnagar, in Gujarat state, and expects to restart it over the weekend, a source close to the company said on Friday.

“The 200,000 bbl/day unit was shut down for maintenance early this week and is expected to be up in a couple of days,” the source said.

The two similarly sized FCC units provide propylene feedstocks to Reliance’s 1.9m tonne/year polypropylene (PP) facility at Jamnagar. The second, older FCC unit was operating normally, the source said.

“Production at the PP plants will not be affected by the FCC shutdown, as the company has enough propylene stocks,” the source added.

However, speculation was rife in the Indian PP market that PP supply may tighten further in the next few days as a result of the FCC shutdown.

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