India’s Reliance shuts down Nagothane cracker complex

10 August 2010 09:26  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Reliance Industries shut its cracker at Nagothane in the Maharashtra state on 9 August, and will briefly take its downstream units at the complex off line this week due to feedstock shortage, a source close to the company said on Tuesday.

“The [cracker] outage was caused by a technical problem at the gas cracker, but the derivative units are also being shut down due to shortage of olefins feedstock,” the source said, declining to elaborate further.

The company expects to put back the Nagothane complex on stream by 12 August, the source said.

Reliance Industries is India’s biggest petrochemical producer.

The outage comes amid a tight supply situation in the Indian market, especially for polypropylene (PP), traders said.

“Supply of polyolefins has been very tight due to a spate of shutdowns in Asia and the Middle East,  and the Nagothane outage has exacerbated the shortages,” said a trader.

Reliance’s Nagothane facility includes a 400,000 tonne/year 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 in India include Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd and Gail India Ltd.

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By: Prema Viswanathan
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