Indonesia’s Pertamina picks Dow technology for new PP plant

24 June 2009 22:20  [Source: ICIS news]

NEW YORK (ICIS news)--Indonesia’s PT Pertamina has selected US-based Dow Chemical’s UNIPOL Polypropylene (PP) Process technology for its new 250,000 tonne/year plant, a Dow executive said on Wednesday.

“We were in competition with a number of technology firms, but Pertamina chose the UNIPOL polypropylene process because it will enable them to build the most competitive and advantaged facility capable of producing a full range of products,” said Karen Shepard Jackson, global commercial director of Dow’s Polypropylene Licensing & Catalyst group, in an interview with ICIS news.

“When this facility is up and running, it will be the largest PP line in Indonesia,” she added.

The Indonesian state-owned energy and chemical firm is building the facility at its Balongan complex in West Java.

The project, announced in March, is expected to be completed by 2011 and produce a mix of PP products including homopolymer, random copolymer and impact copolymers.

There are five projects under construction in China alone using the UNIPOL process, said Jackson, including three by state-operated energy and chemical major PetroChina.

India’s Reliance Industries started up one of two 450,000 tonne/year PP lines using UNIPOL technology at its Jamnagar site in June, and plans to start up the second 450,000 tonne/year line in July.

“Asia-Pacific is a critical region for polypropylene growth, and will account for over 40% of global demand by 2013,” said Jackson.

“While the pace of new polypropylene projects has slowed worldwide, there are many moving forward in emerging regions such as Asia-Pacific. This region will be an area of focus for us,” she added.

Global demand for PP is estimated to be 44m tonnes in 2009 and is expected to grow by 4.5%/year through 2013, said Jackson.

Upon completion of the Pertamina project and others using UNIPOL technology, the technology will be used to produce almost 11m tonnes/year of PP, representing more than 17% of total global capacity, said Jackson.

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