The Linde Group has been selected by Braskem as the lead engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor to build a new world-scale polypropylene (PP) production line in Texas.
La Porte/USA — The contractor offers comprehensive project development services for polyolefin industrial plants, ranging from front end engineering design (Feed) to complete EPC execution. Linde is an approved contractor for Unipol Polypropylene Process Technology used here.
Dr Christian Bruch, Member of the Executive Board of Linde and responsible for the company’s engineering business, said, “After decades without significant capacity additions in the US the industry is seeing a strategic change in US polypropylene supply.”
Braskem has committed several hundred million dollars towards the design and construction of the new PP production line named Delta which will be located next to the manufacturer’s existing production facilities in La Porte. With the engineering design phase underway, the new plant will have a production capacity of 450 kilotons (kt), or the equivalent of approximately one billion pounds, per year.
Mark Nikolich, Braskem North America Chief Executive Officer, stated, "The selection of The Linde Group as our lead EPC contractor follows a highly competitive selection process. With the experience of having built more than 4,000 plants in more than 100 countries, Linde brings leading edge technology solutions for plant engineering, as well as strong global construction procurement skills and deep specialty experience in Unipol PP industrial plant design.”
The construction of the new Delta production line is expected to employ approximately 1,000 development and construction workers to fully construct the facility. Construction is expected to begin mid-summer 2017, with the final phase of main construction targeted for the first quarter of 2020.