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RIL to set up 2 PTA plants will move India to self-sufficiency

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2015-04-16 14:00:00 – Gujarat

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited will be soon come up with two new petrochemical plants. These plants will be manufacturing polyester plastic that is used in packaging, plastic bottles, clothing and foods and beverages.

At present, India produces 5.4 million tons polyester every year. This makes the country, the second largest producer of polyester. Every year, the Polyester market is showing growth rate of 8-10%. Indian market is currently facing shortfall of PTA over 1.5 million tons every year. The current capacity will help to overcome this deficit to an extent.

RIL informed that it has initiated a plant at Dahej in Gujarat with resin capacity of 650 KTA PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) and 1,150 kilo tons per year Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA).

The PTA plant is set up using Invista technology. After this plant is initiated,Reliance Industries’ total PTA capacity will be as high as 3.2 million tons per year. Besides, the company’s global capacity share will also reach at 4 percent.

Reliance Industries’ refinery at Jamnagar is the source and controller of Paraxylene. Paraxylene is the feedstock for PTA plant. The same complex also houses 640 KTA PET. Reliance Industries through this integrated process will thus be able to reduce its operating costs and also seize the full chain margin.

The company is setting up one more PTA plant. The new plant will have the same capacity and will be located near it. The construction for the same has already begun. This will help the company to feature among the top five PTA manufacturers worldwide.

PET plant has two lines that together give manufacturing capacity of 650 KTA. Invista Technology is used in the plant for Continuous Polymerization and Buhler AG Technology is used for Solid State Polymerization. The plant has one of the largest bottle grade PET resin capacity, in the world from a single place. This makes Reliance Industries to rank first as PET resin producer with over 1.15 million tons of PET resin capacity.

The two feedstocks for the new PET plant, PTA and Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG),are available within the complex. Because of raw materials being produced in-house, the company will be benefitted with low costs and higher product quality.

The polyester plastic made from PTA is capable of being used in the production of many things including drinks bottles, clothes and home furnishings. Similar to clothing fabric, PET is a kind of polyester.

The PTA plant will also help the country to attain self-sufficiency. It is a step to fulfill Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of ‘Make in India.’

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