RIL says PTA plant at Dahej restarted, ramping up capacity now

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has restarted its purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plants, and is ramping up production to full capacity at Dahej, the company stated in a release today. The company had to keep the PTA plants shut for a brief period owing to increased water salinity.

RIL says it has ensured PTA supplies to downstream customers from its Hazira and Patalganga plants during the brief shutdown at Dahej, adding that the customers will be getting PTA from all three locations now.

''RIL has a total PTA capacity of 4.2 million tonnes per year. In India, the current total PTA capacity, including that of RIL, is 6 million tonnes. Another 1.2 million tonnes of PTA capacity will be added in the current year itself.

''However, the total PTA demand in India is around 5 million tonnes. Therefore, the surplus PTA is being exported as India has sufficient PTA to meet the requirements of its polyester industry,'' a spokesperson for the company stated.

Purified terephthalic acid is used in man-made textiles and plastics industries.