First Phase of Paraxylene Plant at Jamnagar Commissioned by Reliance Industries Limited

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is one of the country’s largest private conglomerates. It is also a leading company in the oil manufacturing business. On 28th December 2016, RIL announced the Paraxylene (PX) plant’s commissioning in Jamnagar. The plant’s first phase has been commissioned.

Paraxylene plant, Jamnagar

The plant has an annual capacity of 2.2 million tons of PX. World-class crystallization technology from BP has been used to build it. The plant has been created using this technology, which adheres to environment standards and has high energy efficiency. A statement released by Reliance Industries Limited stated that the plant’s commissioning is expected to increase the PX capacity of RIL to 4.2 million tons from the current 2.0 million tons. Additionally, once the whole PX capacity is commissioned, Reliance Industries Limited will emerge as the second largest PX producer in the world. The company will have a share of 11% in global production and 9% in global PX capacity. The increased PX capacity is expected to contribute largely to the refineries’ output, besides helping the Jamnagar complex garner profits.

Since PX is one of the major factors essential for the development of the entire polyester chain, the improved capacity will facilitate growth in RIL’s polyester value chain. This will offer Reliance better margins and also help the company gain global recognition in the polyester industry.

Increased capacity to help garner profits

Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Limited, Mukesh Ambani stated that the PX plant’s commissioning will be followed by a range of other projects. These will include petcoke gasification, refinery off-gas cracker, and ethane import project. He added that the PX commissioning will mark the beginning of this series of projects. According to Mukesh Ambani, the projects in petrochemicals and refining by RIL fall under the largest contemporary investment segment in the world. Cumulatively, they are worth more than Rs. 100,000 crore.

Mukesh Ambani concluded by stating that all the projects are undergoing developments consistently. He also added that they are on the verge of mechanical completion. According to him, the improved capacity of RIL’s PX plant will help the company come closer to its goal of ranking as one of the leading petrochemical businesses in the world.

Reliance Industries Limited is also basking in the success of its telecom arm, Reliance Jio. Reliance Jio, which launched its high-speed 4G services a few months ago, has become a favorite with customers. Apart from the efficiency of the network services, one of the other factors responsible for its success has been their affordability. Reliance Jio created a large impact in the market when it launched its welcome offer. This offer provides users with free data services until the end of December. Thereafter, the company launched the Jio Happy New Year Offer. This is considered to be an extension of the earlier offer and will be valid till the 31st of March 2017.

Summary

Paraxylene plant’s first phase has been commissioned by Reliance Industries Limited.

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