Vinmar-linked JAC to build Singapore petchem unit

18 October 2007 10:30  [Source: ICIS news]

Vinmar has plans for a Singapore petrochemicals plantMUMBAI (ICIS news)--Vinmar-linked consortium Jurong Aromatics Corp (JAC) will invest about $2bn to build a petrochemicals plant with aromatics capacity of 1.5m tonnes/year on Singapore's Jurong Island, it said on Thursday.

"The project, when completed in 2011, will be one of the largest privately-owned petrochemical projects in Singapore," JAC added.

Jurong Energy Corp holds the majority 60% stake in the JAC consortium. Other members include Glencore, South Korean petrochemical firm SK Energy, Kuwait-based investor Noor Financial Investment and Chinese polyester producer Jiangsu Sanfangxiang Industrial Group.

The project will have a capacity of 800,000 tonnes/year of paraxylene (PX), 200,000 tonnes/year of orthoxylene and 450,000 tonnes/year of benzene, and about 2.5m tonnes/year of petroleum products, JAC said.

The facility would use natural gas condensate as feedstock, it added.

"Jurong Island was chosen because of its excellent security environment, superior supporting infrastructure as well as its ability to integrate the complex co-products to both existing and new facilities," said JAC director Ewe Ee Foong.

JAC has awarded a lumpsum turnkey (LSTK) contract to South Korea's SK Engineering and Construction, while Honeywell subsidiary UOP would provide the technology for the complex.

"Construction of the facility will begin in 2008. What is more significant in the JAC project is that the feed supply has been fully locked up and the products fully subscribed," Ewe said.

JAC was established primarily to provide aromatics raw materials to downstream manufacturers in the textile and plastic industries, it added.

($1 = €0.70)

By: Isha Jha
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