Germany: Investment in Petrochemical Plant OMV Expands Production Capacity for Ethylene and Propylene

Editor: MA Alexander Stark

Austria's OMV is expanding and modernizing the cracker facilities and petrochemical cold section at the Burghausen refinery. The aim of the measures is to increase ethylene and propylene production capacity at the site.

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OMV plans to invest around $ 48,5 million in its Burghausen site.
OMV plans to invest around $ 48,5 million in its Burghausen site.
(Source: OMV)

Burghausen/Germany — To increase production volumes of ethylene and propylene for the neighboring Bavarian Chemical Triangle, OMV is investing in the expansion of its existing cracker plants in Burghausen. The investment volume for the measures comprises around $ 48.5 million. Following the planned turnaround of the refinery, the upgraded units are expected to go live in the third quarter of 2022, whereby the initial groundwork is already underway.

The cracker expansion will facilitate an increase in annual ethylene and propylene production of around 50,000 metric tons, addressing the growth in demand for petrochemical products in the Bavarian Chemical Triangle and on the international markets. Ethylene and propylene are important raw materials for an array of industrial applications such as advanced lightweight automotive components, parts for the renewables sector, medication, or detergents and de-icing agents for example.

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