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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.
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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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