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India’s PVC And PET Production to Catalyze as Reliance Industries Plans Expansion of its Dahej Manufacturing Division

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) is planning to invest INR 51 billion in expansion of its existing Dahej manufacturing division which is producing a variety of petrochemical and downstream products. Dahej petrochemical manufacturing facility has proposed to set up new plants and facilities within its existing spread of 700 hectares .The new facilities would possibly include manufacturing of Ethylene Dichloride (EDC), Cyclohexanedimethanol (CHDM), Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PET-G), installation of a new incinerator in VCM unit, separation of Hydrogen as a product in Chlor-Alkali plant and a unit for recovering CO2 in Ethylene Oxide-Ethylene Glycol unit. EDC is used a feedstock to produce Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM), which is further used to manufacture Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) which finds application in several sectors such as building, construction, health care, electronics, automobile and others. The proposed EDC plant will provide feedstock for production of 500KTPA of VCM/PVC. The DMD site is currently producing 360KTA of VCM/PVC and has approvals to build a new VCM/PVC plant with capacity 1200 KTA. After the proposed expansion, unit will also produce 200,000 million tonne per annum of PET-G which is among the most common polymers used in making water bottles, food packets and other plastic items. The company, post expansion, will also produce 50,000 MTPA of CHDM, a key raw material used for producing PET-G and various other polymers.