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 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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