South Korea's SKEC wins Ineos Feed contract for $3.4bn Antwerp project

SK Engineering and Construction will deliver the propane dehydrogenation project that is due to come online in 2023

SKEC will build Ineos's PDH plant in Antwerp.
SKEC will build Ineos's PDH plant in Antwerp.

UK chemicals company Ineos, which is investing $2bn (SAR7.5bn) in Saudi Arabia’s Jubail 2 complex, has awarded South Korea’s SK Engineering and Construction (SKEC) a contract for a $3.4bn propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit in Antwerp, Belgium.

SKEC will deliver front-end engineering design (Feed) services for the project, which with a capacity of 750 kilotons per annum, will come online in 2023.

PDH is a process to produce propylene by removing hydrogen from propane gas, according to Construction Week’s sister title Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East.

Propylene helps produce polypropylene, which is being used for applications such as the production of lightweight and efficient cars.

Propylene oxide – another derivative of propylene – is used for insulation foams in the construction sector.

The material is also used for the production of acrylonitrile, which in turn helps produce carbon fibre – an important component for manufacturing in the transport and clothing industries.  

A contract was signed for the Antwerp project between Ineos Project One’s chief executive officer, John McNally, and SKEC’s chief executive officer, Ahn Jae-hyun.

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