India’s OMPL to start up aromatics project in H2 2013

17 May 2013 05:45  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--India’s ONGC Mangalore Petrochemicals Ltd (OMPL) plans to start up its new aromatics project in the second half of this year, a company source said on Friday.

“The company plans to start trial runs at the units in end-July/August this year,” the source said.

The complex, located in New Mangalore, comprises a 920,000 tonne/year paraxylene (PX) plant and a 270,000 tonne/year benzene unit.

For the first two years, the company plans to export the bulk of the PX and benzene material, the source said.

OMPL is a joint venture between Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) and Mangalore Refineries and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL).

In the long run, about two thirds of the total output of PX and benzene will be supplied domestically when expansions at the downstream industries in the country are completed, the source added.

By: Samuel Wong

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