May 2016

Process Engineering and Optimization

Small-scale coal-to-chemicals can revitalize India’s petrochemicals industry, economy—Part 2

In Part 1 of this article, published in April, the barriers of petrochemical production in India were discussed, along with the opportunity to explore chemicals from coal, using the specific example of polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

Paluskar, P. V., Sakthivel, S., Marve, M., TATA Consulting Engineers Ltd.

In Part 1 of this article, published in April, the barriers of petrochemical production in India were discussed, along with the opportunity to explore chemicals from coal, using the specific example of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). In Part 2, the final part of this article, the example of manufacturing PVC from coal is explored, and a comparative analysis of PVC manufacturing from alternative feedstocks, including coal, is provided. Key assumptions for PVC comparative cost analysis The following are key assumptions on which the analysis is based: Only direct operating costs of production (i.e., raw materials, byproducts, utilities and catalyst/chemicals) are taken into account, without con

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