Technip wins contract for work on Reliance gas cracker in India

04 July 2012 11:09  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Technip has been awarded a contract by petrochemicals major Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) to provide basic engineering and procurement services for an ethylene cracker at its world-scale Jamnagar refining and petrochemical complex, on the west coast of India, the French engineering firm said on Wednesday.

The plant will be among the largest ethylene crackers in the world and will be integrated into the Jamnagar complex, using refinery off-gas as feedstock, Technip added. Capacity details were not disclosed, however in February, a source close to Reliance said the cracker is expected to produce around 1.4m tonnes/year of ethylene.

The products from the cracker will be utilised as feedstock for the new downstream petrochemical plants, Technip said.

“This contract reinforces our position as a major player in this field,” said Nello Uccelletti, senior vice president of Technip Onshore Business.

“This award is a significant milestone for Technip in India. Thank to this project, we hope to develop a long-term relationship with RIL for future developments in both onshore and other businesses,” said Jean-Marc Aubry, senior vice president of Technip region A(2).

In June, company chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani said Reliance’s petrochemical capacity in India is expected to grow by 67% to 25m tonnes/year when all its ongoing projects come on stream.

The company has embarked on a number of projects to take full advantage of the feedstock integration and the domestic growth opportunity in India. Among the projects being pursued is the gas cracker at Jamnagar, “which will be amongst the largest in the world” and a world-scale 1.8m-tonne paraxylene (PX) plant, Ambani said.

On Tuesday, US-based petrochemicals engineering firm CB&I said it has been awarded a contract by Reliance to provide the PX technology for the Jamnagar complex.

By: Franco Capaldo
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