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 India OPal eyes Q3 2014 start to cracker/derivates project  
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MUMBAI (ICIS)--India's ONGC Petro-Additions Ltd (OPal) expects to commission its cracker and derivatives project in the third quarter of 2014, a senior company executive said late on Tuesday.

"The target is to start in July 2014; if not full then at least some of the plants," said Dr P.S.V. Rao, CEO of OPal.

It would take 3-4 months to stabilise and achieve prime production, he told ICIS in an interview.

OPal's $4.2bn (€3.15bn) project includes a 1.1m tonne/year mixed-feed cracker, a 340,000 tonne/year high density PE (HDPE) unit, two swing HDPE/linear low density PE (LLDPE) lines with a capacity of 360,000 tonnes/year each and a 340,000 tonne/year polypropylene plant.

The cracker is at an advanced stage and 99% complete while utilities and some of the deriviative units have been lagging behind.

"HDPE is 90-95% complete while the PP and swing PE plants are 70-72% complete; we are working with Tecnimont, the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, to speed up completion," said Rao.

For utilities, which are only 70-72% complete as against a target of 90%, OPal was working with Fernas and Gammon to ensure quick completion.

Feedstock supplies to the cracker have also been sorted out, said Rao, with ONGC agreeing to supply 1.5m tonne/year of naphtha and around 680,000 tonnes/year of ethane/propane/butane.