GAIL India restarts Pata cracker complex except one HDPE plant

14 October 2010 11:21  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--GAIL (India) has partially restarted its cracker complex in Pata, Uttar Pradesh state, following an 18-day maintenance shutdown, a source close to the company said on Thursday.

“All the plants in the complex were restarted on 12 October except one of the polyethylene (PE) units,” the source said, referring to a 100,000 tonne/year high density PE (HDPE) unit that was affected by a fire incident last month.

“The company is continuing to do safety checks at the plant and will restart it only when it has been declared totally safe,” the source added.

The shutdown had tightened PE supply in the Indian market, but the impact was minimal as buying interest has been lacklustre lately, a trader said.

In addition to its 410,000 tonne/year gas cracker and the fire-hit HDPE unit, GAIL runs another 100,000 tonne/year HDPE unit and a 210,000 tonne/year HDPE/linear low density PE (LLDPE) swing plant at the complex.

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By: Prema Viswanathan
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