Indian Oil defers LAB turnaround to early July

19 June 2013 08:05  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Indian Oil has delayed the scheduled maintenance shutdown at its linear alkylbenzene (LAB) plant at Vadodara by 8-10 days to early July, a company source said on Wednesday.

“The turnaround will last for three weeks,” the source said. No reason was given for the delay.

The shutdown at the 120,000 tonne/year plant will constrict supply in the Indian market, which is already tight, given the ongoing extended shutdowns at Tamilnadu Petroproducts Ltd’s (TPL)120,000 tonne/year plant near Chennai and  Reliance Industries’ 60,000 tonne/year plant at Vadodara.

“The company has hardly any spot availability for export in June, and is mainly focussing on the domestic market,” the source said.

LAB is an intermediate in the production of surfactants and detergents.

India has an installed LAB capacity of 530,000 tonnes/year, an industry source said. Consumption of LAB totalled about 500,000 tonnes/year in 2012, creating a shortfall of about 40,000 tonnes/year.

By: Prema Viswanathan
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