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Reliance to become 2nd largest paraxylene producer

by Martin Menachery on Apr 21, 2017


Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director, Reliance Industries Limited (Image courtesy: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)
Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director, Reliance Industries Limited (Image courtesy: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)

Reliance Industries is executing major projects in its energy and materials chain at Jamnagar, Gujarat, India, covering paraxylene and cracker complex, along with downstream plants and gasification.

Jamnagar is one the largest contemporary project sites globally, with some of the largest and most complex process units ever built anywhere in this industry. These projects will add significant value to Reliance Industries’ refining and petrochemical business and enable Jamnagar complex to achieve energy self-sufficiency. The benefits of integration at the Jamnagar complex will set a new paradigm of scale and value addition in the refining and petrochemicals industry.

Paraxylene, cracker and downstream projects [monoethylene glycol (MEG), linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) and low density polyethylene (LDPE)] as well as gasification, which is linked to Reliance Industries’ DTA (domestic-tariff area) refinery, have now been installed and mechanically completed, and are in various stages of pre-commissioning and commissioning.

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

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

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

The cracker project has a unique configuration as this world-scale plant is tightly integrated with Reliance Industries’ refineries and will use refinery off-gases as feedstock. The project comprises 1.5 MMTPA (million metric tonne per annum) 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 pre-commissioning and start-up activities are in full swing.

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 petrochemical facility, globally.

The installation and mechanical completion for the gasification project linked to the 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 Reliance Industries’ SEZ (special economic zone) refinery has also been substantially achieved and pre-commissioning activities are expected to start in the next quarter.

Reliance Industries is India’s largest private sector company, with a consolidated turnover of US$44.7 billion, cash profit of US$6.1 billion, and net profit of US$4.2 billion for the year ended 31 March 2016.


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