Reliance completes world’s largest ethane project in record time

Reliance completes world’s largest ethane project in record time

5:58 AM, 20th April 2017
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MUMBAI, INDIA: Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) announced the successful and perfect completion of its ethane project, at its Dahej manufacturing facility, Gujarat in a world record time of lesser than three years.

The project included commissioning of ethane receipt & handling facilities and ethane cracking.

Reliance is the first company to globally conceptualise large-scale imports of ethane from North America as feedstock for its cracker portfolio in India. The project involved a seamless integration of several elements across a complex infrastructure value chain, this includes:

  • Securing ethane refrigeration capacity in the US Gulf coast
  • Delivery of dedicated very large ethane carriers (VLECs) to carry ethane from the US Gulf Coast to the West Coast of India
  • Construction of ethane receipt and handling facilities
  • Laying pipelines and upgrading crackers (to receive ethane) at Dahej, Hazira and Nagothane manufacturing facilities.

This successful start-up underlines our ability to build world-scale capacities and infrastructure using complex technologies, such as marine transportation of cryogenic ethane, handling of ethane at (-) 90-degree C, a supply of ethane to the crackers in an energy efficient way and pump ethane from Dahej to other locations. The execution of this project at this scale and magnitude is a first in the world.

The Shale Gas industry in North America has grown exponentially in the past 5 years. Consequently, ethane has become one of the most competitively priced feedstocks for US crackers.

The supply of ethane to our crackers at Dahej, Hazira and Nagothane will provide feedstock security and flexibility, enabling us to select the most optimal feed mix based on market conditions. This will improve the cost competitiveness of our existing crackers and enable us to optimise the portfolio in a volatile market environment.

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