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BCPL gets cracking, two of 4 units commissioned

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  5 July 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Gas cracker project 'mechanically complete', slated to start full plastic production in October

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Dibrugarh/ Guwahati, July 4: Achieving a milestone, the Brahmaputra Crackers and Polymers Limited (BCPL), the first ever petrochemicals project in the entire Northeast, has commissioned two of the four units located inside its Lepetkata site in Dibrugarh.

Production of polypropylene powder commenced on trial basis with the introduction of feed and catalysts into the reactor and start-up of the 60 KTPA Polypropylene unit of BCPL since Thursday.

The Maging Director of BCPL Prabhu th Prasad congratulated all the employees of BCPL on the successful commissioning of PPU and GSU/C2+Recovery unit and urged all to put their best effort for full-fledged operation of the remaining areas of Ethylene Cracker Unit (ECU) and LLDPE/HDPE unit.

He claimed that a major portion of ECU was already available for operation and the furces were ready for cracking.

He also emphasized on early completion of the Plastic Park, the project initiated by the Industry department of the State government in Tinsukia for maximum consumption of various ranges of polymers for different applications.

The entire project, which is "mechanically complete", is likely to be commissioned in October, sources said. Engineers India Limited is the consultant for Engineering, Procurement and Construction Magement (EPCM) of the project.

In addition, the Lakwa Gas Sweetening Unit of BCPL, which has been fully automated, is also heading to its commissioning stage.

The Duliajan unit of the project - gas compressor station - was completed a year ago.

The Rs 10,000 crore project, med as Assam Gas Cracker Project, will produce 2,20,000 TPA of polyethylene and 60,000 TPA of polypropylene which are the raw materials used for production of plastic.

The project was approved by the government in April 2006, with GAIL having 70 per cent equity participation in the project and the rest equally shared by Oil India Ltd (OIL), Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) and the Government of Assam.

After the Cabinet approval in 2006, the project was scheduled to be completed in December 2013.

The feedstock for the project will be tural gas and phtha. OIL and ONGC will supply gas and phtha will be supplied by NRL.

The Assam Gas Cracker Project was initiated in pursuance of the Memorandum of Settlement signed between Central Government, All Assam Students Union (AASU) and All Assam Ga Parishad (AAGP) on 15th August 1985.

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