Indorama Ventures Public Ltd. has announced completion of the brownfield expansion of its Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) plant, resulting in the total PTA capacity of 700,000 metric tpa at Rotterdam, and totally over 1 million m tpa together with production capabilities in Spain. Currently, the Rotterdam facility produces 380,000 m tpa of PTA, which is entirely used as a major feedstock of the site’s integrated Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) production, a recyclable packaging material. The expanded plant is undergoing final stages of startup with expected commercial production in middle August 2017.
Commenting on this expansion, Aloke Lohia Group CEO of Indorama Ventures, said, “With this low cost proven technology and nearly double the PTA production capacity, the expansion will bring cost synergies to the site. The Rotterdam facility is well positioned to support the continued growth as its location allows access to the whole of Europe. This additional production will replace purchased PTA and significantly improve European profitability. We now look forward to the start-up of our gas cracker in Louisiana, USA in end of the year. These two landmark projects will enhance earnings and the competitiveness of IVL substantially,” Mr. Lohia concluded.