Czech chemical company Unipetrol is reported to be planning to upgrade and expand its polyethylene production capacity at its site in Litvínov in the northwest of the Czech Bohemia region.
The Czech refiner and polyolefins producer which is an offshoot of Polish oil and petrochemicals group PKN Orlen, is said to be preparing to construct a new 300,000 tpa PE plant.
The new facility, which would be the third PE plant at Litvínov, is scheduled to take the place of Unipetrol’s original 120,000 tpa plant there that dates back to 1976, state media reports, quoting an environmental impact assessment report. The outdated first unit produces high density polyethylene.
Unipetrol currently operates a second PE plant at the chemical complex with an annual capacity of 200,000 tonnes. In recent years, Litvínov’s PE plants have only produced together less than 290,000 tpa, reports say.
The Czech company is expected on its current plan to start work building the new plant in February 2014 with its start up early in 2016.
Once the first plant closes, the site is scheduled to reach an annual PE capacity of 500,000 tonnes.
Unipetrol, which also produces polypropylene, is understood to be targeting the PE pipes market for its increased polymer capacity and is reported also to be planning an expansion of material compounding
Unipetrol just reported sales of its overall petrochemical products in the second quarter 2012 fell by 7% to 411,000 tonnes, mainly due to a decline in sales of most of its products resulting from weakness in its core markets.