13 March 2006 00:00 [Source: ICB]
PCC RoKita plans to begin constructing a 20 000 tonne/year ethoxylates plant later this year, at a cost of Zloty350m (€91.5m/$109.9m), in Plock, Poland.
The plant will be built on the same site as its raw material supplier to abide by new environmental regulations governing the transportation of hazardous materials.
Rokita has purchased its ethylene oxide feedstock from PKN Orlen for over 40 years but from now on it will be supplied by pipeline, says Rokita ceo and president Miroslaw Krutin.
The ethoxylates plant will allow for a doubling of capacity when demand increases and the produce will be transported to Brzeg Dolny near Wroclaw, where it will be sulphated into products for use in detergents.
Meanwhile, PKN Orlen and Dwory are poised to announce the go ahead for a new Zloty80m ethylbenzene plant, producing 120 000 to 150 000 tonne/year unit, according to Erste Bank analyst Michal Majerski.
The 50:50 joint venture will enable styrene butadiene rubber maker Dwory to add polybutadiene to its product slate.
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