16 November 2006 09:19 [Source: ICIS news]
AMSTERDAM (ICIS news)--The start-up date for PKN Orlen’s new paraxylene (PX) and benzene plant at Plock, Poland, will be in 2009, a company official said on Wednesday.?xml:namespace>
“The most important factor is to reduce our investment costs and the new project will enable us to use a lot of our existing facilities,” said Dr Wojciech Gardzinski, chief engineer for processing development at PKN Orlen, at the fifth European Aromatics and Derivatives conference in ?xml:namespace>
PX was originally chosen because of the site’s cheap feedstock and a requirement from 2005 to reduce aromatics in gasoline from 42% to 35%.
There was also a strong potential demand for PX and benzene in
PX production will therefore be increased from 32,000 tonnes/year to 400,000 tonnes/year, Gardzinski said.
“We have a decreasing demand for gasoline in
“Polish demand for LPG is now 1m tonnes/year making it the number two consumer in Europe two years ago and it is probably the number one consumer now, ahead of Italy,” he said.
In 2005, together with a revamp of the olefins plant, PKN Orlen instigated an ‘optimisation of aromatics management’ programme, which has resulted in a more efficient production process using extractive distillation.
The conference, organised by ICIS and consultants International eChem, finishes today.
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