Total, Hanwha JV invests $450 mn expand Daesan complex

Total, Hanwha JV invests $450 mn to expand Daesan complex

11:14 AM, 12th April 2017
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PARIS, FRANCE: Hanwha Total Petrochemical, a 50/50 joint venture between Hanwha Group and Total SA, said that it will invest $450 million to expand its Daesan (South Korea) refining & petrochemicals integrated platform.

The planned investment will increase the site’s ethylene capacity by 30 percent to 1.4 million tonnes per year.

Daesan is one of Total’s six world-class integrated platforms and a strategic asset for Hanwha. This site which is comprised of a highly flexible condensate splitter, a competitive steam cracker and polymers, styrene and aromatics units, generated a net result of nearly $1 billion in 2016.

The extension will significantly increase the site’s flexibility, enabling it to process competitively priced propane feedstock which is abundantly available, notably due to the shale gas revolution in US. The expansion project is set to be completed by mid-2019.

The additional ethylene production will meet local demand and also supply the nearby fast-growing Chinese market which imports a significant part of its ethylene requirements.

“This project is part of our strategy to invest in world-class integrated platforms to develop petrochemicals based on competitive feedstock and targeting high-growth markets. The investment reflects the strong partnership with Hanwha and will contribute to the growth of our refining & petrochemicals cash flows,” said Bernard Pinatel, president refining & chemicals of Total.

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