Reliance Industries says PTA unit up and running

Mumbai, June 3 (IANS) Reliance Industries has restarted its purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plants and is ramping up production to full capacity at Dahej, the company said in a statement. The PTA plants had been shut for a brief period owing to increased water salinity.

“Reliance Industries 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,” a company spokesperson said.

Purified terephthalic acid is used in man-made textiles and plastics industries.

“Reliance Industries has a total PTA capacity of 4.2 million tonnes per year. In India, the current total 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,” the spokesperson said.

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

–IANS

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