Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), Mumbai, has commissioned a purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant at its Dahej petrochemical manufacturing site near Bharuch, in India's Gujarat state.
The 1.15 million-tonne/year PTA plant, which is equipped with process technology from INVISTA Performance Technologies, will use paraxylene feedstock from RIL’s nearby 1.24 million-b/d Jamnagar refinery to boost the company’s total PTA capacity to 3.2 million tpy, RIL said.
RIL’s investment in the PTA plant is intended to help bridge the current 1.5 million-tpy deficit in India’s PTA market, the company said.
A second PTA plant of similar capacity already is under construction at the Dahej complex, RIL said.
The Dahej manufacturing site also includes an ethane-propane recovery unit, gas cracker, caustic chlorine plant, and four downstream plants for the production of polymers and fiber intermediates.
Recently, RIL let a series of contracts for work related to the Phase 3 expansion project at the Jamnagar refining complex, which in addition to expanding production capacities for ethylene, propylene, and polyethylene, will increase the complex’s paraxylene production to 3.656 million tpy from 1.856 million tpy (OGJ Online, Mar. 12, 2015; Feb. 26, 2015; Aug. 8, 2014; Jan. 22, 2014; May 3, 2012).