Unipetrol starts work on research centre in Czech Republic

10 May 2012 13:24  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Unipetrol has started building work on a new research and education centre in Chempark Zaluzi in the Czech Republic, the Czech petrochemical producer and refiner said on Thursday.

Unipetrol said building work is being undertaken by the Research Institute for Inorganic Chemistry (VUAnCh), a part of the Unipetrol group, with financial support amounting to koruna (Kc) 592m ($30.3m, €23.4m) from the European Regional Development Fund and the Czech national budget.

It added that the provided funds will be mostly used to restore research laboratories, conference and education areas and purchase modern equipment and laboratory equipment.

The centre will focus on research, development, innovation and education in the area of refinery and petrochemical technology, environmental technology and processes for efficient utilisation of renewable energy sources.

Unipetrol added that the centre is expected to enter operation in 2014 and will employ 85 specialists.

“The new UniCRE complex will contribute to the development of the North Bohemia region as well as the whole Czech chemistry and petrochemistry industry. It will become a significant research centre in the Usti nad Labem county, employing dozens of highly qualified specialists,” said Milan Petrak, director of the institute.

($1 = €0.77, $1 = Kc19.54, €1 = Kc25.29)

By: Leigh Stringer
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