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RIL Jamnagar projects to add significant value

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2017-04-22 14:00:00 – Ahmedabad

Reliance’s Jamnagar projects with some of the largest and most complex process units ever built anywhere in this industry. These projects add significant value to its refining and petrochemical business.

This plant is built with state-of-the-art crystallisation technology from BP, which is highly energy efficient. With the commissioning of this plant, RIL’s PX capacity will be more than double. Reliance will emerge as the world’s second largest producer of PX with about 11% of global production.

Paraxylene, cracker and downstream projects (monoethyleneglycol (MEG), linear low density and low density polyethylene) as well as gasification, which is linked to RIL’s DTA refinery, have now been installed, mechanically complete and are in various stages of pre-commissioning and commissioning.

Reliance has announced the successful and flawless commissioning of the second and final phase of paraxylene (PX) comprising of PX crystallisers trains, trans-alkylation and aromatic extraction units at Jamnagar.

Earlier in December 2016, RIL had announced successful commissioning of the first phase comprising Train 1 of PX plant. Train 2 as part of second phase has been commissioned earlier this month (April) and the last Train 3, is at an advanced stage of commissioning and will begin production later this quarter (1Q17).

The Ccacker project has a unique configuration as this world scale plant is tightly integrated with RIL’s refineries and will use refinery off-gases as feedstock. The project comprises 1.5 million tpy ethylene cracker along with downstream facilities for producing LDPE, LLDPE and MEG. This cracker will have one of the lowest cost positions globally.

Additionally, flexibility to crack propane will help optimise feed mix further in a volatile market environment. Reliance has completed installation of cracker and downstream projects at Jamnagar in the previous quarter and precommissioning and start-up activities are in full swing.

The installation and mechanical completion for the gasification project linked to DTA refinery has been completed in the previous quarter and the pre-commissioning and start-up activities are on in full swing. The installation and mechanical completion for the gasification linked to RIL’s SEZ refinery has also been substantially achieved and pre-commissioning activities are expected to start in the next quarter of 2017.

Gasification is one of the largest clean-fuel initiatives in the world. Gasification will make Jamnagar complex highly energy efficient with the lowest energy cost for any integrated refinery and petrochemicals facility globally.

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