Re­liance re­ceives en­vi­ron­men­tal clear­ance for petro­chem­i­cal com­plex in Ma­ha­rash­tra

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Re­liance

In­dus­tries (RIL) has re­ceived en­vi­ron­ment clear­ance for the ex­pan­sion and op­ti­mi­sa­tion of its petro­chem­i­cal com­plex at Nagothane in Raigad dis­trict of Ma­ha­rash­tra at an es­ti­mated cost of ` 2,338 crore.

The en­vi­ron­ment clear­ance has been given to the RIL’s ex­pan­sion and de­bot­tle­neck­ing of petro­chem­i­cal project at Nagothane. The ap­proval, given based on the rec­om­men­da­tions of an ex­pert panel, is sub­ject to com­pli­ance of cer­tain con­di­tions.

The pro­posal is to ex­pand the gas cracker and down­stream plants lo­cated at Nagothane vil­lage in Raigad dis­trict by way of de­bot­tle­neck­ing, ex­pan­sion and change of fuel in cap­tive power plant (CPP) along with ex­pan­sion and re­build­ing of res­i­den­tial town­ship. The cost of the pro­posed project, ex­pected to be com­mis­sioned in stages, is es­ti­mated to be ` 2,338crore.

Presently, RIL Nagothane uses a mix­ture of eth­ane and propane to pro­duce down­stream prod­ucts and by-prod­ucts. The pro­posal is to mod­ify its feed­stock ra­tio in its gas cracker plant ow­ing to avail­abil­ity of im­ported shale gas eth­ane.

With the pro­posed change in feed­stock mix­ture re­sult­ing in higher pro­duc­tion of eth­yl­ene, the com­pany wants to ex­pand the ca­pac­i­ties of down­stream prod­ucts/by-prod­ucts to ac­com­mo­date the in­creased ethye­lene pro­duc­tion. The com­pany has also pro­posed to en­hance CPP ca­pac­ity from 85 mw to 100 mw by way of re­fur­bish­ing and also use eth­ane as a fuel ow­ing to its eco­nomic vi­a­bil­ity and avail­abil­ity. Fur­ther, the pro­posed project also in­cludes ex­pan­sion of the ex­ist­ing town­ship with ad­di­tional res­i­den­tial apart­ments within the town­ship area.

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