India's Gail restarts fire-hit 100,000 t/yr HDPE unit

29 October 2010 05:09  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--GAIL (India) has restarted its fire-hit 100,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) unit in Pata, Uttar Pradesh state, after getting the go-ahead from the Indian government, a source close to the company said on Friday.

The rest of Gail’s cracker complex in Pata had restarted on 12 October following an 18-day maintenance shutdown.

Only the HDPE plant where a fire had broken out on 11 September, killing one person and injuring three others, had remained shut pending safety checks.

“The safety checks have been completed and the government has declared the plant totally safe,” the source added.

The shutdown had tightened supply of PE pipe grade in the Indian market, but the impact was minimised due to lacklustre demand last month, a trader said.

“However, demand for PE pipe grade has now picked up, so we welcome the restart of the plant,” he added.

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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