Ltd has commissioned world’s largest and most complex ethane
project, including commissioning of its ethane
receipt & handling facilities and ethane
cracking, at its Dahej facility in Gujarat in a world record time of less than three years.
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 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 ours ability to build world-scale capacities and infrastructure using complex technologies, such as marine transportation of cryogenic ethane, handling of ethane
at -90°C, 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,” said RIL
in a press release.
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 feedstock for US crackers.
The supply of ethane
to RIL’s crackers
at Dahej, Hazira and Nagothane will provide feedstock security and flexibility, enabling the company to select the most optimal feed mix based on market conditions. This will improve the cost competitiveness of RIL’s existing crackers
and enable it to optimise the portfolio in a volatile market environment.