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Borealis to build world-scale PDH plant in Belgium

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 22/09/2016 (16:40)
According to media reports, Borealis expressed today that it is planning to work on the feasibility of a new world scale PDH plant at the company’s Kallo production site located in Belgium. The possible start-up date is set as the second half of 2021.

The production capacity planned for the new PDH plant is 740,000 tons/year of propylene which makes it one of the biggest PDH sites in the world. The company plans to use Honeywell UOP Oleflex technology for the plant. Kallo was chosen as the location of the plant on the back of its logistical advantages and history of propylene production. The company’s other PDH plant at the Kallo facility with a production capacity of 480,000 tons/year will remain active.

Borealis stated that further details on the cost of the plant and plans regarding the output from the PDH unit will be shared after the study is completed. A final investment decision is expected in Q3 2018.

Borealis officials commented that the new PDH plant is an important investment for them in Europe since demand towards propylene in the region is increasing while the supply growth from steam crackers and refineries is slowing down.
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