RIL lets contract for Jamnagar refinery expansion work

Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), Mumbai, has let a contract to Metso Corp., Helsinki, to supply valve technology as part of the Phase 3 expansion project at its 1.24 million-b/d Jamnagar refining and petrochemical complex in Gujarat, India.

Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), Mumbai, has let a contract to Metso Corp., Helsinki, to supply valve technology as part of the Phase 3 expansion project at its 1.24 million-b/d Jamnagar refining and petrochemical complex in Gujarat, India (OGJ Online, Aug. 8, 2014).

Under the contract, which entails a series of repeat orders submitted in 2014, Metso will deliver on-off valves and ball-and-butterfly valves from the company’s Neles, Mapag, and Jamesbury product portfolios that range in size from 1-30 in., Metso said.

The agreements also include deliveries of accessories and spare parts, the service provider said.

While Metso did not disclose a specific value for the individual contracts, a large portion of the total order value was booked in the company’s fourth-quarter 2014 orders received, Metso said.

RIL’s Jamnagar project, known as J3, is designed to increase production capacity of ethylene and other petroleum products at the complex. The third phase of the ongoing development project at the site, J3 includes expanding Jamnagar’s gasification plants, ethylene cracker complex, and paraxylene plant.

RIL previously reported that the refinery off-gas cracker expansion would increase capacities as follows: ethylene to 3.248 million tonnes/year from 1.883 million tpy; propylene to 913,000 tpy from 759,000 tpy; monoethylene glycol to 1.466 million tpy from 733,000 tpy; low-density polyethylene to 590,000 tpy from 190,000 tpy; high-density and linear low-density polyethylene to 1.478 million tpy from 928,000 tpy; and paraxylene to 3.656 million tpy from 1.856 million tpy (OGJ Online, May 3, 2012).

During the 2013-14 fiscal year, the Jamnagar integrated refining complex, the world’s largest, processed 68 million tonne/year of crude to operate at 110% above its 33 million-tpy design capacity, according to RIL’s annual report (OGJ Online, Dec. 5, 2014).

Metso previously supplied the Jamnagar complex with valves and actuators in 2005 for a polypropylene line expansion, which included the delivery of stainless steel, trunnion-mounted, metal-seated Neles X and M series valves for the product discharge area and mostly Jamesbury 9000 series soft-seated ball valves for the remainder of the expansion, according to the company’s web site.

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