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Borealis holds groundbreaking for PP plant in Belgium

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Sep '19
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Borealis has held the groundbreaking ceremony for its new, world-scale propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant at the existing Borealis production site in Kallo, Belgium. The new facility will have a targeted production capacity of 750,000 metric tonnes per year of propylene, making it one of the largest and most efficient plants of its kind in the world.
 
With a total of around €1 billion invested in the course of the project, the investment is the largest ever made by Borealis in Europe. It underscores the company’s commitment to its operations on the continent, and to being the supplier of choice to its European customers.
 
PDH is a vital process step in the production of propylene from propane. As one of the most important building blocks for the entire chemical industry, propylene is the raw material used to produce polypropylene.
 
European demand for propylene is growing, yet presently, supply is decreasing due to a confluence of global market developments. The start-up of the new Kallo plant, scheduled for the middle of 2022, means that European customers will soon be able to rely on the secure supply of competitively priced propylene and its derivatives, Borealis said in a statement.
 
Above and beyond the increase in production capacity, the new plant is helping make Borealis operations become more efficient and sustainable. The new PDH plant will employ Honeywell UOP’s Oleflex technology, a widely used, reliable and sustainable choice for on-purpose propylene production. Using the Oleflex technology makes it possible to consume less energy in production, yet produce higher volumes of the same quality. Less propane will be required, but more own hydrogen will be produced, enabling Borealis to supply not only its own internal needs, but those of third parties as well. Finally, the embedded, multi-fuel cogeneration unit in the new PDH plant will generate a significant part of the steam and electricity required for operations.
 
“The Borealis investment in the new Kallo plant is not only the largest investment we have ever made in Europe; it is also the most significant investment in Europe by a petrochemicals industry player in the last 20 years,” says Borealis CEO Alfred Stern. “Investing in our European assets is a clear signal of our commitment to enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of our operations, but also to bolstering the region as an essential industrial hub.” (RKS)
 

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