Poland's PCC completes construction of Plock ethoxylation plant

17 December 2010 15:16  [Source: ICIS news]

PRAGUE (ICIS)--Poland's PCC Exol has completed construction of a 30,000 tonnes/year ethoxylation plant in Plock which it plans to start up in January, German parent company Petro Carbo Chem (PCC) said on Friday.

Difficult weather conditions had delayed the start-up of the facility, but this should now go ahead next month with the first production batch of ethoxylates, categorised as non-ionic surfactants, set to be available within a few weeks, it added.

PCC owns PCC Exol through its 100%-owned Polish subsidiary PCC Rokita, which is Poland's only surfactants manufacturer.

The plant has been built in Plock, 100km northwest of Warsaw and in close strategic vicinity to oil and petrochemicals group PKN Orlen, which would supply ethylene oxide feedstock, said PCC.

PCC Exol already runs one 30,000 tonnes/year ethoxylation plant at the location, along with two sulphonation plants with a combined capacity of 40,000 tonnes/year of anionic surfactants.

No investment cost for the plant was available from PCC, but it added that its financing partly relied on 20 profit participation certificates priced at €50,000 ($65,800) each.

Ethoxylates are surface-active substances used as intermediary products for the manufacture of household chemicals and cosmetics.

($1 = €0.76)

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By: Will Conroy
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