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Borealis Announces Next Phase of World-Scale PDH Plant in Belgium

| Editor: Alexander Stark

The planned PDH plant has a targeted production capacity of 740 kilotons per calendar year.
The planned PDH plant has a targeted production capacity of 740 kilotons per calendar year. (Source: Borealis)

Borealis will move to the Feed-phase for a new, world-scale propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant, after 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.

Kallo/Belgium — After completion of the Feed, the final investment decision will be taken in the third quarter of 2018. The start-up of the plant is scheduled for the beginning of 2022.

The planned PDH plant has a targeted production capacity of 740 kilotons per calendar year, making it one of the largest facilities in the world. The Kallo location has been chosen due to its logistical position and its experience in propylene production and handling, the company announced, adding that it has selected Honeywell UOP’s Oleflex technology for the new plant.

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.

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