Corrected: GAIL India’s PE, PP production to reach 1.7m tonnes/year by 2015

11 January 2012 09:46  [Source: ICIS news]

Correction: In the ICIS story headlined "GAIL India’s PE, PP production to reach 1.7m tonnes/year by 2015" dated 11 January 2012, please read in the fourth paragraph... Brahmaputra Cracker & Polymer Ltd (BCPL)... instead of... Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL)....  A corrected story follows.

NEW DELHI (ICIS)--GAIL India’s polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) production will reach 1.7m tonnes/year by 2015, nearly four times its existing capacity, as new capacities will be added in three locations, a company source said on Wednesday.

GAIL India has a high density PE (HDPE)/linear low density PE (LLDPE) swing plant at Pata with a nameplate capacity of close to 500,000 tonnes/year, he said.

A new 450,000 tonne/year HDPE/LLDPE swing facility at the same site will be built by December 2013 and commercial production is expected to start in February 2014, he added.

Brahmaputra Cracker & Polymer Ltd (BCPL), which is 70% owned by GAIL India, will commercialise production at its 220,000 tonne/year HDPE/LLDPE swing plant and 60,000 tonne/year PP plant at Assam within the same time frame, the source said.

The remaining 30% stake in BCPL is split among Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL), Oil India Ltd (OIL) and the Assam government.

GAIL India will market 530,000 tonnes/year of the total PE and PP produced by ONGC Petro additions Ltd (OPaL), which is expected to commission its PE and PP facilities at Dahej in Gujarat at the end of 2014.

“Given our large capacity in due time, we have to source out new customers, such as exporting to regions like Africa, neighbouring countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh and also to China,” he said.

Additional reporting by Chow Bee Lin and Malini Hariharan

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