Reliance Industries Commences Implementation of Large Polyester Projects in India

Editor: Marion Henig

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has commenced implementation of its planned world-scale projects in India across the polyester chain.

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Polyester is a category of polymers which contain the ester functional group in their main chain. (Picture: Wikipedia)
Polyester is a category of polymers which contain the ester functional group in their main chain. (Picture: Wikipedia)

Mumbai – The planned project is RIL’s largest capacity expansion in the sector and is aimed at consolidating its position as large integrated polyester producer. RIL has planned its capacity expansion in phases over the next few years. All projects are under various stages of implementation ranging from technology licensing, basic engineering and obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals.

Phases:

  • A planned capacity of 2.30 million tons of PTA at Dahej with the ability to increase it by another 1.15 million tons of PTA at a later stage. These plants will be integrated with the Paraxylene plants at Jamnagar for raw material and will in turn cater to the new polyester plants being constructed simultaneously.
  • 395,000 tons of PFY and 140,000 tons of Polyester Texturized Yarn at Silvassa.
  • 540,000 tons of PET at Dahej with the option to add 540,000 tons of PET at the same location at a later stage.
  • 290,000 tons of PSF at Dahej.
  • These plants will be integrated with Reliance’s captive Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA)
  • and Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG).

This capacity addition will further strengthen Reliance’s leadership position in the polyester sector. It is expected that polyester will capture around 80% of incremental global fibre demand of around 2.9 million tons per annum over the medium to long term. Demand for Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), which is already India’s fastest growing polymer is also poised for exponential growth due to continued demand in the bottling, packaging and food & beverages sectors.

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