Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) is planning to expand Dahej Manufacturing Division (DMD), which produces a variety of petrochemical and downstream products, at a cost of Rs 5,100 crore, according to an application submitted by RIL to the environment ministry.
“Dahej petrochemical manufacturing facility is proposing to set up the new plants and facilities, which includes manufacturing of Ethylene Dichloride (EDC), CHDM, PET-G, establishing New incinerator in VCM unit, separation of hydrogen as a product in CA plant and CO2 recovery unit in EO-EG unit. These plants will be located within the existing RIL DMD spread over 700 hectares,” the company said.
EDC is used a raw material for manufacturing Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM), which is used in making polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PVC is among the most widely produced synthetic plastic polymers, and is used in a variety of applications in the building, construction, health care, electronics, automobile and other sectors.
According to the company, the proposed EDC plant will meet the raw material requirement of an initial plant which will produce 500 Kilo Tonnes per Annum (KTA) of VCM/PVC. The DMD site is already making 360KTA of VCM/PVC and has approvals to build a new VCM/PVC plant of 1200 KTA capacity.
According to the application, DMD will produce 200,000 million tonne per annum of PET-G post expansion of the facility. PET-G or Polyethylene Terephthalate (with a glycol modification) is among the most common polymers used currently. It is used to make water bottles, food packets and other common plastic items.