Hanwha Total Petrochemical has started its new ethylene production capacities. With a US$450 mln investment, the Daesan integrated refining and petrochemicals complex in South Korea the site can now produce 1.4 mln tpa of ethylene, an increase of 30%.
This project was launched in April 2017 and is the first in a series of three at the complex. More than US$300 million are being invested to expand polyethylene production capacity by 50% to 1.1 mln tpa by the end of 2019, and nearly US$500 mln is being invested to increase polypropylene production capacity by close to 60% to 1.1 mln tpa by 2021. The three projects take advantage of abundant, cost-advantaged propane feedstock from the shale gas revolution in the United States. With these investments, the Daesan facility will be in a position to capture margins across the ethylene-polyethylene and propylene-polypropylene value chains. The additional production capacity will help meet rapidly growing Asian demand.
“These investments and today’s successful start-up of the first project reflect our strategy of meeting growing global demand for petrochemicals by channeling our investments into our world-class complexes and leveraging cost-advantaged feedstock” said Bernard Pinatel, President, Refining & Chemicals, Total.