Basell and partners plan world scale PP unit

Trinidad and Tobago to join ranks of polyolefin makers.
 

17 December 2007 – A four strong consortium of companies including Basell is to build an integrated polypropylene complex in Trinidad and Tobago.

The partners, who also comprise the country’s national gas and energy corporations and engineering group Lurgi, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the project.

The plans call for the construction of a methanol plant which will supply a methanol-to-propylene unit, the olefin being employed as feedstock for a 450,000 tonnes a year polypropylene plant.

The polymer will be made using Basell’s Spherizone technology, launched in 2002. Start-up of the complex is tentatively scheduled for 2012.

The polypropylene plant is described as “one of the cornerstones of the country’s strategy to promote downstream diversification and to build the foundation for a value added local plastics industry.”

Basell Technology president Just Jansz said that using the Spherizone technology will give the plant a highly innovative product portfolio.

He added: “These resins enhance performance in existing applications while creating opportunities for polypropylene to expand into new end uses.”

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