23 August 2013 16:44 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Poland's PKN Orlen plans to quadruple its phenol production capacity by 2017, the oil and petrochemicals group said on Friday.
An investment project to add 150,000 tonnes/year of phenol capacity to the existing 50,000 tonnes/year has entered the preparatory phase, Orlen added.
Orlen said it was determining the capabilities of Polish and foreign suppliers in designing, delivering, erecting and commissioning phenol units, with an eye on comparatively low energy and feedstock usage in the production process.
The installation would be built in Plock, central Poland, the site of the Orlen group's main refining and petrochemicals complex, it added.
Some 70% of Poland's consumption of phenol is currently met by imports, mainly produced by companies in Germany, Belgium and Finland, the company said.
Orlen did not disclose an estimated capital expenditure sum for the project.
Phenol is used mostly in the electronics, automotive and telecommunications industries, as well as in the manufacture of fibre and plastics, dyes, plant protection products, and, as a semi-finished product, in organic synthesis, the company said.
Poland's largest consumers of phenol are producers of caprolactam (capro), phenol-formaldehyde resins, herbicides, plywood, furniture boards and lubricant components, as well as tyre manufacturers, it added.
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