Borealis is set to move to the FEED phase for a new propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant, after successfully concluding a pre-FEED feasibility study in June 2017. The facility is planned to be located at the existing Borealis production site in Kallo, Belgium.
Upon completion of the FEED, the final investment decision will be taken in the 3Q18. The start-up of the plant is scheduled for the beginning of 2022. The planned PDH plant has a targeted annual production capacity of 740 kiloton per year, making it one of the largest and most efficient facilities in the world. The location has been chosen due to its excellent logistical position and its experience in propylene production and handling. Borealis has selected Honeywell UOP's OleflexTM technology for the new plant. This technology is widely used and is a reliable and sustainable choice for on-purpose propylene production.
"The decision to move to the FEED phase is the last step before the final investment decision. It illustrates our commitment to the project as well as our conviction that the investment is needed in Europe, allowing us to further strengthen our position as the leading innovative polypropylene and propylene supplier that we are today," says Markku Korvenranta, Borealis Executive Vice President, Base Chemicals.
Oiltanking Antwerp Gas Terminal has been agreed upon as the long-term logistics partner for the handling of propylene and propane as well as for the construction of a new 135 000 m³ propane storage tank. The produced hydrogen will be sold to Air Liquide under a long-term agreement. Both agreements are subject to the positive final investment decision.
"The project has taken major positive steps forward during the feasibility phase," explains Thomas Van De Velde, Borealis Vice President Hydrocarbons & Energy. "Most of the critical uncertainties have been cleared, paving the way for a successful FEED and ultimately for the final investment decision next year."
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