RIL’s Dahej Petrochemical Expansion Project Receives a Green Nod

Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has been given the environment clearance for debottlenecking and expanding its petrochemical plant in Dahej, Gujarat at an expense of INR 13,250 crore.

Green nod to RIL’s Dahej project

RIL’s Dahej petrochemical facility is located in the Bharuch district of Gujarat. Apart from meeting India’s demand-supply gap of petrochemicals, the company aims to expand the facility in view of their regular supply of feedstock, sufficient supply of Shale gas ethane from the United States (US), and change in the government’s policy to prioritize domestic supply over industrial sector. A senior government official stated that on the basis of Expert Appraisal Committee (Industry)’s recommendations, RIL’s expansion project has been given environmental clearance by the Environment Ministry on 3rd April 2017. He added that the expansion project will be carried out within the existing plant area of 700 hectares.

The expansion will cost around INR 13,250 crore. Apart from this, a budget of INR 400 crore will be kept aside to conserve and protect the environment.

The power required for the proposed expansion project will be generated from the existing captive power plant. The fuel utilized for the Dahej petrochemical facility expansion project will largely be ethane, off gas, and lean gas. As per the proposal, RIL’s Dahej petrochemical facility currently utilizes a mixture of propane and ethane to make downstream products and by-products.

Due to the availability of Shale gas that is imported from the US, RIL’s Dahej petrochemical facility intends to modify its feedstock ratio of ethane and propane in the gas cracker plant. This modification in feedstock mixture will lead to a higher production of ethylene.

RIL also proposed to set up new plants such as Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC), Chlorinated Poly Vinyl Chloride (CPVC), Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM), and a dedicated Ethane storage tank.

Mukesh Ambani’s interview with Rajdeep Sardesai 

RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani had a candid interview with journalist Rajdeep Sardesai. In the interview, Mr. Ambani said that if he had the enthusiasm as infectious as that of the current generation, RIL would be ten times bigger than what it is today. He praised the young generation and said that they are aspirational.

He believes that for the youth of today, nothing is impossible.  He added that young individuals strive to find problems and solve them rather than complaining, unlike his generation.

When asked about his hobbies and if quarterly results kept him occupied, Mukesh Ambani said that he does not think much about quarterly results. He is an avid reader and visual media keeps his mind focused.

Mukesh Ambani also shared that the first thing he does in the morning is praying. He loves nature and would like to take a few days off completely unconnected in nature. Recalling the old days, Mr. Ambani said that he still regularly visits Mumbai’s Cafe Mysore, which was his favorite food joint during his college days.


RIL has received a green nod for the Dahej petrochemical facility expansion project. In an interview with Rajdeep Sardesai, Mukesh Ambani praised the youth of today.


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