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OMV to expand steam cracker, petchems units in Burghausen, Germany

January 21/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- OMV (Vienna, Austria) says it is investing EUR40 million (USD48 million) to expand and modernize a steam cracker and associated units at its refining and petrochemicals complex at Burghausen, Germany, said Chemweek.

The upgrade will increase the sites ethylene and propylene production capacity by 50,000 metric tons/year. Following a planned turnaround of the refinery, the revamped cracker and petchem units are expected to start operations in the third quarter of 2022. Initial groundwork is already underway ahead of the upgrade, it says.

By expanding the cracker, OMV is consistently delivering on its petrochemical strategy for a future-proof refinery, says OMVs Thomas Gangl, chief downstream operations officer. This goes hand in hand with the growth in the chemical industry and serves as a response to increasing customer demand, he says.

The increased production of ethylene and propylene will help to meet growing demand for the products in the neighboring Bavarian chemical triangle and in international markets, OMV says.

The 3.8-million metric tons/year crude refinery in Burghausen is part of OMVs wider network, operating alongside two other refining and petchem sites in Schwechat, Austria, and Petrobrazi, Romania. Burghausens refinery produces petchems including ethylene, propylene, and butadiene, as well as middle distillates such as kerosene, diesel, and heating oil.

As per MRC, OMV is considering increasing its investment in the processing industry in Abu Dhabi by expanding its existing joint venture with Borouge.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's DataScope report, PE imports to Russia decreased in January-November 2020 by 17% year on year and reached 569,900 tonnes. High density polyethylene (HDPE) accounted for the greatest reduction in imports. At the same time, PP imports into Russia increased by 21% year on year to about 202,000 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2020. Propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) accounted for the main increase in imports.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, crude oil, PP, PE, ethylene, propylene, OMV.
Category:General News
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