Uhde Inventa wins contract to build JBF’s PET plant in Belgium

17 October 2012 17:59  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Uhde Inventa-Fischer has won a contract from India’s JBF Industries to build a 432,000 tonne/year polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant at Geel, Belgium, the Germany-based chemical engineering firm said on Wednesday.

JBF had announced in August 2011 that it planned to build the facility through a joint venture with the Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority, an investment group controlled by the United Arab Emirates government. At the time, plant capacity was predicted to be 390,000 tonnes/year, with start-up forecast in 2014.

However, Uhde said on Wednesday that the plant would have a nameplate capacity of 432,000 tonnes/year, making it Europe’s biggest PET plant. Uhde did not comment on the plant's likely start-up date.

Uhde’s contract includes the licensing of certain technologies, as well as the plant’s basic and detail engineering, supply of all plant components, and supervision of the construction and commissioning activities, it said.

The plant would produce PET for bottling and packaging applications, Uhde said. The facility is to source its terephthalic acid feedstock from a BP plant at Geel, it added.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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