MOSCOW (MRC) -- Subsidiaries of South Korea’s Lotte Chemical Corporation on Friday announced the award of contracts worth USD757.2m to begin building a USD3.9bn petrochemical complex in Indonesia. The Lotte Chemical Indonesia New Ethylene project (LINE) will be located in Merak, Banten Province, western Java, according to GCR.
The contract for the Group A work package was to be awarded to a joint venture between South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering Co. and Indonesia’s PT Hans Enjiniring dan Konstruksi, while an offshore engineering and procurement contract goes to Hyundai.
The Group A package involves building a cracker plant with the capacity to produce, amongst others, 1 million tons/year of ethylene and 520,000 tons/year of propylene.
As MRC informed earlier, in a 7 January press release, Lotte Chemical informed that that company had decided to proceed with the petrochemical project in Indonesia after the previous delay due the pandemic. The LINE project is to commence construction in 2022, according to the company's bourse filing. Lotte Chemical aims to bring the new complex online in 2025.
Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 2,265,290 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2021, up by 14% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 1,363,850 tonnes in January-November, 2021, up by 25% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of injection moulding PP random copolymers decreased significantly.