23 August 2010 09:23 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Petrochemical major LyondellBasell plans to set up a propylene oxide (PO) plant in ?xml:namespace>
The company was currently in the process of finalising the project details including capacity and would officially announce the project in November or December, the source said.
“The idea for this third unit is in line with the expansion plans of the Chinese downstream polyether polyols facilities within the next five years,” he added.
Lyondell was yet to decide on the site for its new project, the source said, adding that depending on economic feasibility, it may even set up the plant in the
“If the Middle East can offer a better upstream propylene-PO spread compared to
While the company had not yet finalised the technology for the new plant it might use the PO/tertiary butyl alcohol (PO/TBA) process, the source said, adding that Lyondell had an existing PO/TBA line in the US.
“The capital cost for such a PO/TBA unit is one-third that of a PO/styrene monomer (SM) facility, and the co-product TBA can be converted into methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) which is used as a gasoline additive," he said.
LyondellBasell runs two PO joint venture plants in Asia – Nihon Oxirane’s 200,000 tonne/year PO plant at
Other PO producers in
Expected start-up date
Dow Chemical and
Mab Ta Phut,
390,000 tonne/year HPPO (hydrogen peroxide-propylene oxide
Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical JV of Ras Tanura Integrated Project (RTIP)
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To be confirmed
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