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Jacobs to undertake engineering study for Belgian chemical plant

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Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has been awarded a contract to complete a front-end engineering and design (FEED) study for a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant located at the existing Borealis production site in Kallo, Belgium.

The contract award follows the successful completion of the feasibility study for the plant. Upon completion, the new PDH plant will have a targeted production capacity of 740 000 tpy – this would make it one of the largest facilities in the world.

As part of the FEED study, Jacobs is preparing the basic design package for the inside and outside battery limit areas of the new PDH plant. The FEED phase is due to be completed by mid-2018.

“A new and innovative PDH plant of this scale would be a significant investment in the chemical industry in Europe and a response to market demand for polypropylene and propylene,” said Jacobs Petroleum and Chemicals President, Vinayak Pai. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with Borealis through the next development phase of this world-scale petrochemical plant.”

“We have selected a trusted partner in Jacobs Engineering for the FEED phase of this important project, which will allow us to further strengthen our position as a leading and innovative polypropylene and propylene supplier in Europe,” said Borealis Base Chemicals Executive Vice President, Markku Korvenranta.

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