India’s Reliance Industries Ltd on Sunday started a 200,000 barrels-per-day Fluidised Catalytic Cracker (FCC) at its new 580,000 bpd refinery in Jamnagar, a trade source said.
“Feed cutting began yesterday. It will stabilise in next few days,” the source said on Monday, adding that the new unit would raise the export-focused refinery’s petrol and diesel output.
He said the unit was running at about 50 percent capacity.
The source also said Reliance is expected to commission its second crude unit in a month’s time.
A company official had earlier said the refinery was expected to reach full capacity by September.
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Other than the FCC unit, a crude distillation unit, a coker, a diesel hydrotreater and a vacuum gas oil hydrotreater are functional at the new refinery.
No immediate comment was available from Reliance.
The new refinery is located next to Reliance Industries’ 660,000 bpd refinery in Jamnagar in the western Gujarat state.
The two units have a combined refining capacity of 1.24 million bpd, making it the largest refining facility in the world.