The Linde Group has revealed over the festive season that the company, together with its consortium partner Samsung Engineering of Korea, has been awarded the contract to build a turnkey ethylene plant in Dahej, India.

The newly announced plant has been commissioned by the Indian company OPAL, a subsidiary of the state-owned ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd).

With a contract worth around €1.030bn in total, of which Linde’s share is €350m, the plant is set to become both the largest of its kind in India and one of the largest ethylene plants in the world.

Linde is to be the consortium leader on the project, responsible for the steam cracker technology, basic engineering, and the supply of critical components. Reflecting on this role and the contract award overall, Linde AG Executive Board member Dr Aldo Belloni explained, “This prestigious award is the confirmation of the many strengths of our Engineering Division in the international plant construction business.”

“We are a market leader in steam cracker technology and are experienced in the robust execution of projects. We also have a global market coverage and a sound financial basis. India is one of the most promising markets of the future for both engineering services and industrial gases, with many significant synergies between the two.”

“The very successful collaboration,” Belloni proudly added, “with Samsung Engineering from South Korea is now approaching its third decade and has generated business for us in China, Thailand, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and now India.”

In terms of its part in the project, Samsung Engineering is responsible for the detail engineering, the supply of the remaining components, and the construction and assembly of the plant.

The plant is part of a new petrochemical complex being built in the Indian state of Gujarat and it will produce 1.1 million tonnes of ethylene, 400,000 tonnes of propylene, 150,000 tonnes of benzene and 115,000 tonnes of butadiene per annum. Such products are used as source materials in the plastics industry.