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French firm to supply cracking technology to Indian refinery

06th July 2012

Technip awarded engineering contract for RIL ethylene cracking project

The refinery will have one of the largest ethylene crackers in the world
The refinery will have one of the largest ethylene crackers in the world

A large private Indian company has awarded a French firm with a contract for one of the largest ethylene crackers in the world. Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has chosen Technip to supply and implement their refinery off-gas cracker project (ROGC).

The refinery will be an expansion of the RIL Jamnagar refining and petrochemical complex under construction in Gujarat, on the West Coast of India.

Nello Uccelletti, senior vice president of Technip Onshore Business said: “Technip is one of the largest experienced contractors on licensing, designing and implementing grassroot mega-crackers for ethylene production. This contract reinforces our position as a major player in this field. We are delighted to work with RIL to deliver this world-scale project.”

The ROGC plant’s use of Technip expertise will include its proprietary SMK furnaces technology, which Technip claims is the preferred choice of various ethylene producers for cracking gas feeds.

RIL says that the ROGC plant will be amongst the largest ethylene crackers in the world and will be using refinery off-gas as feedstock. The products from the plant will be utilised at the downstream petrochemical plants being built in Jamnagar.  

Jean-Marc Aubry, senior vice president of Technip Region A (including India) said: “This award is a significant milestone for Technip in India. Thanks to this project, we hope to develop a long-term relationship with RIL for future developments in both onshore and other businesses.”

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