India’s HMEL delays start-up of new Punjab PP unit to 20 May

10 May 2012 05:31  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--India's HPCL-Mittal Energy Ltd (HMEL) has postponed the start-up of its 440,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) facility at Bathinda in Punjab to 20 May because of feedstock shortage, a source close to the company said on Thursday.

HMEL is unable to start up the PP unit by end-April as planned because of an outage at its upstream 9m tonne/year refinery, the source said.

The refinery, which is at the same site, was commissioned on 29 March.

“The refinery has been restarted in early May after an unexpected brief shutdown. The PP unit will start up on 20 May, producing homopolymer grades for commercial sales,” he said.

These include biaxially oriented PP (BOPP) film, cast film, extrusion, fibre and filaments, injection moulding, raffia, thermoforming and tubular quench (TQ) grades.

Company officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

HMEL is a joint venture between Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) and Mittal Energy Investment. Each company holds a 49% stake in HMEL, while the remaining 2% interest is held by financial institutions.

By: Ong Sheau Ling
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