Grace awards license to expand Unipol PP plant to CAP
W R Grace, the leading independent supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and polypropylene (PP) process technology, has awarded a license to expand its existing Unipol PP plant to PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical (CAP). The world-scale capacity Unipol PP facility, located in Ciwandan, Indonesia, will be expanded to 590 KTA of polypropylene.
CAP is the largest integrated petrochemical company in Indonesia and operates the country’s only world-scale size Naphtha Cracker. The CAP plant is strategically located in Banten province, providing convenient access to key customers.
Grace's all gas-phase Unipol PP Process Technology provides the most advanced and broadest range of homopolymers, random copolymers, and impact copolymers in the industry. As the simplest of all PP process technologies, without any moving parts inside of the reactor and less equipment than any alternative, its reliable, safe, and stable operation leads to lower capital, operating, and maintenance costs.
Suryandi, CAP’s corporate secretary, said, “The expansion of our plant gives us the opportunity to serve the growing PP market demand in Indonesia. The Unipol PP Process Technology gives us the ability to make a broad range of products and remain highly competitive in the region.”
Al Beninati, president of Grace’s Specialty Catalysts business segment, said, “Grace is excited to partner with CAP and enable them to expand their supply of advanced PP products to customers in Indonesia. Combined with our non-phthalate CONSISTA catalysts, the Unipol PP Process Technology will help the Ciwandan facility meet the increasing demand for polypropylene resins in the Indonesian market.” (SV)
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