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HMEL is responding to reduce the country’s dependence on imports and meet the ever-growing local demand for Polypropylene (PP) and Polyethylene (PE) by undertaking a massive ~US$ 3 Billion expansion in the field of petrochemicals. The new project would come on stream soon and supplement the existing Polypropylene Unit.

The new complex would be fully integrated with the refinery and would feature a world-class Dual Feed Cracker Unit of 1.2 Million MT/annum of Polyethylene (PE) and 0.5 Million MT/annum of Polypropylene (PP) capacity to cater to all major application segments. HMEL has partnered with world-class licensors with pioneering technologies for the project, which would position HMEL as one of the formidable players of PP and PE in India.

Polypropylene (PP)

HMEL applies best in class industry practices in all aspects of its PP business. A state-of-the-art Research and Development (R&D) and testing facility ensures continuous product improvement and supports application development initiatives for customers.

Polypropylene has a broad range of applications and is rapidly penetrating the domain of other polymers and conventional packaging materials. Some of the major applications of PP are given below

Films Textile, Confectionary, Bakery, Metallised Films, Lamination, Packaging
Moulding Furniture, Caps and Closures, Disposable Syringes, Automotives, Appliances, Household Containers, Food Packaging, Paint Pails
Fibre & Filaments Spun-Bonded Fabric, Multi Filament Yarn, Texturised Yarn, Carpet Yarn
Thermoforming Thin Walled Containers
Sheet Fluted Sheets, Stationery Sheets, Glow-Sign Sheets
Raffia Cement, Food-grains, Sugar, Chemicals, Wrapping Fabric, Geogrid

Lummus Novolen Technology GmbH (Novolen) is a leader in polypropylene technology, with worldwide licensed capacity in excess of 7 million metric tons. Novolen is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lummus Technology, Germany, a CB&I Company.

Novolen licenses the Novolen® gas-phase process for the production of polypropylene resins. This highly flexible process is reliable, versatile and environmentally friendly.

HMEL is utilising Novolen® gas-phase polypropylene process using Ziegler-Natta catalysts for the production of a full range of commodity and performance products that meet the requirements of even the most demanding applications. Novolen’s unique Versatile Reactor Concept (VRC) utilizes two vertical, mechanically stirred bed, gas-phase reactors, with which it is possible to achieve broad portfolio of products. Homopolymers can be manufactured either in a single reactor or in parallel operation of two reactors depending on the requirement. Small reactor volumes allow rapid grade changes to meet diverse customer requirements.

Special characteristics available in Novolen Technology are :

  • Bimodal grades for High Line Speed BoPP films
  • High Crystallinity Grades
  • High MFR Controlled Rheology Grades
  • Exceptional lot-to-lot and within-lot Uniformity.
  • High Stiffness grade capability
  • Solvent-free gas-phase process, low fish eyes for film applications
  • High Speed Spinning Application grades