German engineering firm Ferrostaal AG plans to build a petrochemical plant in West Papua at a cost of US$900 mln. “The investment is about $900 million but it can change depending on the project and everything needed, including the gas supply,” Ferrostaal petrochemical division senior executive manager Soenke Gloede said.
The company plans to procure gas for the plant from the Tangguh LNG plant to support the operation of the plant, which would produce methanol and dimethyl ether (DME). After planning and preparation, construction is expected to commence in 2013, with operations estimated to commence in 2016. Capacities include around 1 mln tpa of methanol and up to 200,000 tpa of DME.