India's Gail plans turnaround at cracker complex in mid-Sep

30 August 2010 05:42  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Gail (India) Limited plans to shut down its 410,000 tonne/year cracker complex at Pata in Uttar Pradesh in mid-September for 15 days of maintenance during which it will add another furnace to increase capacity, a source close to the company said on Monday.

“During the turnaround, the company will install the sixth furnace and increase cracker and polyethylene (PE) capacity by 30,000 tonnes/year each,” the source said.

The installation of the sixth furnace would allow Gail to expand the nameplate capacity of the cracker by 100,000 tonnes/year, the source added.

However, the company was planning to add the remaining 70,000 tonnes/year in April 2011, along with a similar expansion of its PE capacity, he said.

The state-owned company currently operates two high density PE (HDPE) plants - each with a nameplate capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year - and a 210,000 tonne/year linear low density PE (LLDPE)/HDPE swing plant in Pata.

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