MOSCOW (MRC) -- Grupa Azoty Polyolefins said on Thursday it has received a first delivery of propane in preparation for the launch of its world-scale propane dehydrogenation (PDH) and polypropylene (PP) plant in Police, northwestern Poland, said the company.
The 22,000-litre delivery was made in line with a contract signed with Trafigura for the supply of $250m of propane that will meet 50% of the facility’s propane demand over 2023 and 2024, the company, a unit of largest Polish chemicals producer Grupa Azoty, added.
No date for the launch of the EUR1.5bn (USD1.7bn) PDH/PP plant was given by Grupa Azoty Polyolefins, but the company said it was “close to launch”. “The overall progress of the works [for the plant] is over 98%, and the reloading of propane to a tank located in the new gas terminal in Police should be treated as a symbolic beginning of the completion of the construction of the new chemical complex,” said Grupa Azoty CEO Tomasz Hinc.
The propane was delivered by gas carrier Guadelupe Explorer to a cryogenic tank at a maritime gas handling and storage terminal specifically built as part of the project. The terminal boasts two 40,000cbm propane tanks and a 12,000cbm ethylene tank.
The PDH/PP project general contractor is Hyundai Engineering. The PDH facility is based on Honeywell’s Olexflex UOP technology, while the PP installation will use Unipol technology from Grace Technologies.
The PDH facility will have a capacity of 400,000 tonnes/year of polymer-grade propylene, while the polypropylene (PP) facility will have a 400,000 tonne/year capacity.
We remind, in August, Record natural gas pricing for Poland-based chemicals producer Grupa Azoty has driven the company to halt some caprolactam (capro), polyamide 6 (PA6), and nitrogen fertilizers production. The company is planning to halt production of nitrogen fertilizers, PA6, and capro at its Grupa Azoty SA division – the overall company parent, based in Tarnow, Poland – and reduce production at its Pulawy site in the country.