Unipetrol has approved two investment projects at an investment outlay to the tune of CZK hundreds of million. The investments will expand the petrochemical product portfolio of Unipetrol RPA with more types of monomers and will enable better utilization of ethylene unit's products. The product portfolio will grow to include technical dicyclopentadiene and the non-hydrogenated C9 aromatic hydrocarbon fraction. Both products find extensive use primarily as monomers in many applications, mainly hydrocarbon resins.
The completion of both investment projects in Unipetrol RPA's premises in Litvinov, Czech Republic, is scheduled for 2010. The production capacity is estimated at 20,000-26,000 tpa for dicyclopentadiene and upto 40,000 tpa for the non-hydrogenated C9 aromatic hydrocarbon fraction. Both products will be produced on the basis of the proprietary processes that Unipetrol RPA developed in cooperation with the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague and the Inorganic Chemistry Research Institute in Usti nad Labem, a member of the Unipetrol Group.