Indian Oil expects full production at LAB plant by end-August

23 August 2013 10:03  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--State-owned oil and gas company Indian Oil expects to achieve full production at its 120,000 tonne/year linear alkyl benzene (LAB) plant at Vadodara in Gujarat only by the end the month, a company source said on Friday.

The plant, which restarted on 12 August after an extended maintenance, was initially expected to achieve full output by 19 August.

“The delay is mainly because of technical issues which are being attended to,” the source said.

The plant is currently running at around 90% of nameplate capacity, he said.

The plant’s restart has slightly eased the tight supply situation in the Indian LAB market, but export availability continues to be limited as producers try to clear the backlog of domestic orders.

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

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

By: Prema Viswanathan
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