LUKOIL Chemical Group has awarded Uhde the follow-up contract for a new polyvinyl chloride plant in the Ukraine. The plant, which will have a capacity of 300,000 tonnes per year of suspension PVC (S-PVC), will be constructed by Karpatnaftochim, an Ukrainian subsidiary of LUKOIL, in Kalush, some 500 kilometres south-west of Kiev. In April 2006 Uhde was already awarded a contract by LUKOIL for an electrolysis plant at the same location.
The LUKOIL Chemical Group, part of the Russian mineral oil group LUKOIL, is investing some US-$ 200 million to add PVC to its range of products. Uhde's scope of services will include the basic and detail engineering, supply of the equipment, supervision of construction and commissioning and training of customer's personnel. The new plant is scheduled to go on stream in early 2009.