India Complete’s World’s Biggest Cracker; M-U Gas to Feed It

Dahej petrochemical complex in Gujarat

India’s largest private sector company, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), said yesterday the company has just commissioned the world’s largest and most complex ethane cracker plant, in India. And they did built it in record time–less than three years. MDN has covered RIL in the past–the company invests in Marcellus drilling (see our RIL stories here). The reason that RIL’s brand new cracker in India is news here in the Marcellus/Utica is because it will import ethane from the U.S. Gulf Coast. At least some of the ethane getting liquefied and loaded onto ships in the Houston Ship Channel comes from the Marcellus/Utica via the ATEX (Appalachia to Texas) ethane pipeline (see Marcellus/Utica Ethane Heads to India via Texas on Samsung Ships). While we have not read that any of the ethane exported from the Marcus Hook facility near Philadelphia has gone to India, we think it’s a pretty safe bet that at some point, it will…

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