India's JBF starts building new PTA unit in Mangalore

30 October 2013 10:17  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--JBF Petrochemicals has begun construction of its new 1.25m tonnes/year purified terephthalic acid (PTA) unit at the special economic zone (SEZ) of Mangalore in India, a source familiar with the project said on Wednesday.

“Construction started about a fortnight ago and the plant is expected to come on stream in mid-2015,” Rajiv Banga, managing director and CEO of Mangalore SEZ Ltd, told ICIS at the sidelines of the Downstream Asia 2013 conference in Singapore.

French engineering firm Technip has been awarded the contract to build the plant, which will feature the proprietary PTA technology of UK firm BP, according to Banga.

The Downstream Asia 2013 conference runs on 30-31 October.

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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