PTT Phenol mulls downstream BPA project

17 February 2006 06:48  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--PTT Phenol, a Thai joint-venture, could build a bisphenol-A (BPA) unit downstream of its phenol project, a company source said.

The project at Mab Ta Phut, Rayong Province, Thailand, could have a capacity of 100,000-120,000 tonne/year, he added. Details such as the project’s capacity, investment cost and start-up date have yet to be firmed up as it was still under study, the source said.

It was unclear when the study would be completed.

PTT Phenol is building a 200,000 tonne/year phenol plant, which will start commercial production in mid-2008, at the same site.

The project will be based on UOP’s technology, and Foster Wheeler is the project management consultant. Benzene and propylene feedstocks will be sourced from the company’s shareholders Aromatics Thailand Co (ATC) and PTT Chemicals.

PTT Pcl, the kingdom's oil, gas and petrochemicals major, and PTT Chemicals each hold a 40% stake in PTT Phenol while ATC has a 20% stake.

By: Florence Tan
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