Sibur, Reliance start construction of butyl rubber plant
ERJ staff report (LMH)
Jamnagar, India – Reliance Sibur Elastomers Private Ltd (RSEPL), a joint venture between Sibur and Reliance Industries Ltd, has hosted the official ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of their new butyl rubber plant in India.
The plant in Jamnagar, India, is expected to produce 100 kilotonnes of butyl rubber per year. The company said once commissioned it is expected the plant will become India’s primary manufacturer of butyl rubber.
The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Sibur CEO Dmitry Konov and Reliance executive director Nikhil Meswani.
“Sibur’s unique technology and many years of engineering expertise in butyl rubber production, combined with our partner’s resource capabilities, effective platform and understanding of the market will enable the joint venture to win leading positions in the sector in India and other Asian countries,” Konov said in a 22 Feb news release.
RSEPL was established in February 2012, when Reliance and Sibur also signed a technology license agreement allowing use of Sibur’s butyl rubber production technology at the new facility. The licensing package includes development of a basic engineering package and full-time provision of technical personnel on both project and operational stages. Reliance will supply monomer and provide the JV with infrastructure and utilities.
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News release from Sibur