INEOS to construct PDH unit, increase cracker facilities capacity

INEOS has announced plans to construct a world-scale Propane Dehydrogenation (PDH) unit in Europe. The plant will produce 750,000 tpy of propylene for INEOS units across the continent.

A number of possible locations are currently being considered including a number of INEOS sites at Antwerp in Belgium.

INEOS also Intends to increase the ethylene capacity of its cracker facilities at Grangemouth in Scotland and Rafnes in Norway to over 1 MMt each.

“These are exciting times for INEOS as we plan to further increase the capacity of our crackers in Europe and at the same time to build an entirely new PDH plant,” said Gerd Franken, CEO INEOS Olefins & Polymers North. “These expansions and new builds will increase our self-sufficiency in all key olefin products and give further support to our derivative businesses and polymer plants in Europe. All our assets will benefit from our capability to import competitive raw materials from the US and the rest of the world.”

INEOS currently produces nearly 4.5 MMt of ethylene and propylene across Europe, but remains the largest buyer of ethylene and propylene in the region.

“These projects represent the first substantial investments in the European chemicals industry for many years. It has only been made possible because of INEOS massive $2 B investment in our Dragon Ships program, which allows us to import ethane and LPG from the US in huge quantities,” said Jim Ratcliffe, founder and chairman of INEOS.

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