31 March 1997 00:00 [Source: ICB]
Amoco has begun engineering work on a new styrene unit in Texas City, Texas, US. The facility, which is being built alongside an existing styrene unit, will produce 450 000 tonne/year of styrene, effectively doubling Amoco's output.
The benzene and ethylene feedstock for the plant will be provided by Amoco's Texas City refinery. Selection of the technology and contractors is yet to be made.
Discussions are under way with several third parties to secure long-term offtake of the styrene monomer.
The plant is due to come onstream in 2000.
Mark Noetzel, Amoco's group vice president for chemical feed-stocks said: 'The additional capacity will provide Amoco with the necessary base to increase with the worldwide styrene industry.'
??▪?>???▪?> Amoco is providing its PTA technology to Sinopec's new facility in Luoyang, China. Engineering work is being carried out by Chiyoda. The plant will have a PTA capacity of 225 000 tonne/year, and is expected to come onstream in May 2000.
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