Fina Antwerp Olefins expands its naphtha cracker nº2


Fina Antwerp olefins (FAO) announced today a major project aimed at expanding and upgrading its naphtha steamcracking capacity at its Antwerp site. FAO is a joint venture between ATOFINA (65%) and ExxonMobil (35%).

The expansion consists of the construction of a new furnace and the debottlenecking of the products recovery section to process the additional olefin products. Adaptations to some utility sections will be included in line with the new requirements. The expansion also further enhances the unit’s safety and environmental standards, and substantially improves its energy efficiency.

The new furnace is an application of the latest generation technology. It complements a similar furnace which was completed at the end of the first quarter of 2001 and which was taken into service in the second quarter of 2001.

FAO plans to complete the project by year-end 2002.

As a result of this project, FAO's total ethylene capacity will increase to approximately 1.4 million tpa, with an associated increase of the other valuable chemical products like propylene and higher olefins.

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