India’s Haldia halts exports of PE, PP due to outage

07 October 2010 04:34  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--India’s Haldia Petrochemicals halted exports of polyethylene (PE and polypropylene (PP) this week due to an unscheduled shutdown at its cracker complex in West Bengal state, a source close to the company said on Thursday.

The company would likely resume shipping out the polymer products when the petrochemical complex restarts on 9 October, the source said. A technical problem shut the facilities in Haldia on 2 October.

“Currently, the company has limited inventories of PE and PP, which have to be targeted at key domestic customers, so there’s no export availability,” the source added.

The company’s complex at Haldia, in West Bengal state, houses a cracker with a nameplate capacity of 700,000 tonnes/year of ethylene. It also includes derivative plants that produce 700,000 tonnes/year of PE and 370,000 tonnes/year of PP.

Other major Indian PE and PP producers include Reliance Industries, Indian Oil Corp and Gail India. 

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