Belgium: Capacity Increase Borealis Expands Polypropylene Production in Europe
Borealis is increasing its PP capacity in Europe to meet the European customers’ needs for polypropylene. The had previously announced to study the feasibility of significantly increasing its PP production capacity.
Kallo/Belgium — The company has taken the final investment decision to expand the capacity of its PP plant in Kallo, Belgium, by 80 kt. The added capacity is expected to come on stream in mid-2020. Borealis also approved the start of the Front End Engineering and Design (Feed) phase for the expansion of its PP plant in Beringen, Belgium. The final investment decision on this 250-300 kt expansion is envisaged by the end of 2019 and the start-up is expected mid-2022. This project would include an upgrade of the current process technology to the proprietary Borstar platform.
The capacity increases are aimed to take full advantage of the additional propylene supply coming from the new PDH (propane dehydrogenation) plant in Kallo, Belgium, for which the final investment decision was announced in October this year. Feedstock will be flowing to Beringen via an underground pipeline network, which is the safest and most environmentally friendly transportation mode. Borealis has a well-established, ongoing cooperation with various authorities and stakeholders in Flanders and Belgium, including the Port of Antwerp and Locate-in-Limburg, to support its PP growth ambitions.