EPCA ’12: Chevron Phillips expands sulphur chemicals at Belgium plant

07 October 2012 13:05  [Source: ICIS news]

BUDAPEST (ICIS)--Chevron Phillips expects to expand production of sulphur chemicals by 55% by 2014 at its Tessenderlo facility in Belgium, a company executive said on Sunday.

“We are in the construction phase of a major expansion at our Tessenderlo plant in Belgium,” said Dan Coombs, senior vice president, specialties, aromatics and styrenics.

US-based Chevron Phillips is also working to complete a state-of-the-art control room and a feedstock back integration project at the facility, Coombs said on the sidelines of the 46th annual European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) meeting in Budapest, Hungary.

Sulphur-based chemicals have a range of applications, including mercaptan – used to odourise natural gas – agricultural chemicals and pharmaceuticals, Coombs said.

The expansion project should be complete in the first quarter of 2013.

“There’s talk that nobody in Europe is making much progress in chemicals, [but] here is an example where we have a plant in Europe and we are expanding,” he said.

He did not divulge investment amounts.

The annual EPCA meeting runs from 6-10 October.

By: Brian Ford
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