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Southeast Asia and India readying to add new PE capacities

  • 18/01/2017 (04:13)
After successive start-ups of new capacities in 2016 across Asia, there are still several PE capacities ready to come online throughout 2017, particularly in Southeast Asia and India.

Although players are currently pointing to the upcoming PE maintenances planned to be conducted in February and March in Southeast Asia as well as in the Middle East as a reason to firm up the market sentiment, the new capacities are also readying to come on-stream gradually during this period.

India’s major producer Reliance is planning to start up its new ethane-based PE plant at Jamnagar in March or April this year. This swing plant will add significant capacity to the market.

India’s OPaL is also prepared to start commercial runs at its PE lines within the first quarter. The company has two swing HDPE/LLDPE lines with the same capacity of the PE plant of Reliance as well as a standalone HDPE plant.

Thailand’s SCG, meanwhile, is planning to complete the expansion project on LDPE after 3 months in March.

Thailand’s PTT Global Chemical is also aiming to start up its LLDPE plant by the end of 2017, where metallocene grade will also be produced.

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