February 15, 2017 | Rebecca Coons
ONGC Petro Additions (OPaL), has commissioned its mega petrochemical complex at Dahej, India and started production at some of the units, the company has announced. The multi-billion dollar project was expected to start production in 2014 but suffered numerous setbacks and cost escalations. The core unit, a Linde-process, dual-feed 1.1 million metric tons/year (MMt/y) ethylene plant, delivered its first output end of January. OPaL is currently operating the polypropylene (PP) unit at 50% of capacity but plans to ramp up production in about four months to its design 340,000 metric tons/year capacity. K. Satyanarayana, CEO of OPaL, said the polyethylene (PE) complex will also reach full capacity within a few months. OPaL is a joint venture between ONGC, Gail and Gujarat State Petroleum Corp. The olefins complex is designed to produce 1.1 MMt/y of ethylene, 400,000 metric tons/year of propylene as well as butadiene and benzene. OPaL has two 360,000 metric tons/year swing PE lines, capable of producing linear low-density and high-density PE (HDPE), one dedicated HDPE facility with capacity of 340,000 metric tons/year and a PP plant, also designed to produce 340,000 metric tons/year.