AHMEDABAD, April 25: Reliance Hazira cracker complex, which was commissioned about a year ago, achieved 96 per cent capacity utilisation during the very first year of operations and produced one million tonnes of ethylene and propyene on April 21.
According to a company release issued here on Saturday, the 0.75 mtpa multi-feed grassroot plant is among the top 20 ethyelen plants of the world.
Out of 203 ethylene plants spread over 46 countries producing 86.6 mtpa, 22 plants have capacity above 7 lakh tonnes -- including 16 in North America, three in Middle East, two in Europe and one in India. The Reliance Industries has already undertaken a study to further debottleneck this plant to 1 mtpa capacity, making it among the top five single-location ethylene producer in the world. The press release attributes this historical landmark to "excellent operational skills backed by equally efficient maintenance practices."
In India, the first steam-cracker ethylene plant was commissioned by Union Carbide at itsChembur unit in early 1960s which was followed by Nocil.
Nocil set up its cracker plant at Thane in the late 1960s and IPCL's 1.30 lakh tpa ethylene cracker plant at Baroda in 1978.
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