Reliance Industries restarts Dahej acid plants

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Mumbai: Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) on Friday said it has restarted its purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plants at Dahej and is ramping up production to full capacity.

The PTA plants had been shut on 31 May owing to increased water salinity.

“RIL ensured PTA supplies to downstream customers from its Hazira and Patalganga plants during the brief shutdown at Dahej. Now, the customers will be getting PTA from all three locations,” the company said in a press statement.

RIL has a total PTA capacity of 4.2 million tonnes per year. In India, the current PTA capacity, including that of RIL, is 6 million tonnes. Another 1.2 million tonnes of PTA capacity will be added in the current year itself.

However, the total PTA demand in India is around 5 million tonnes. The surplus PTA is being exported as the country has sufficient PTA to meet the requirements of its polyester industry.