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Czech Unipetrol to commission its new HDPE plant by mid-2018

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team - content@chemorbis.com
  • 10/09/2015 (17:52)
Czech Unipetrol plans to commission its new HDPE plant in Litvinov by the middle of 2018, according to market sources. The plant is slated to have a production capacity of 270,000 tons/year and is slated to replace the company’s two smaller HDPE lines at the same site with a combined production capacity of 120,000 tons/year.

Once the new plant is launched, Unipetrol’s HDPE production capacity is expected to increase to 470,000 tons/year.

Meanwhile, sources also stated that the company has started PE and PP production at limited rates at its Chempark Zaluzi site in Litvinov, Czech Republic. The company had suspended production and declared a force majeure on output from all of its petrochemical units in mid- August due to an explosion and fire stemming from a propylene leakage.

In addition to 320,000 tons/year of HDPE, the site can also produce 544,000 tons/year of ethylene and 290,000 tons/year of PP. The company stated that they may be unable to operate the site at full rates for several months.
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