Indian Oil runs restarted Vadodara LAB unit at 50-60%

15 August 2013 07:16  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--State-owned oil and gas company Indian Oil is running its 120,000 tonne/year linear alkyl benzene (LAB) plant at Vadodara in Gujarat at 50-60% of nameplate capacity, after restarting the plant early this week, a company source said late on Wednesday.

The company plans to ramp up to full production at the plant by next week, the source said.

Indian Oil had taken the plant off line in late June and restarted it on 15 July, only to shut it down again on 17 July because of technical issues.

The plant’s restart is likely to slightly ease tight LAB supply in the Indian market, caused by plant shutdowns, as well as limited imports from Iran because of restrictions on LAB exports by Tehran to meet its own domestic needs.

India’s LAB consumption in 2012 totalled 500,000 tonnes, industry sources said.

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

Additional reporting by Tahir Ikram

By: Prema Viswanathan
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