Austrian petrochemical company Borealis is to build a new production plant on its existing site in Kallo, in the Antwerp port area. The propane dehydr..."> Austrian petrochemical company Borealis is to build a new production plant on its existing site in Kallo, in the Antwerp port area. The propane dehydr...">

Petrochemical investment in port of Antwerp

Austrian petrochemical company Borealis is to build a new production plant on its existing site in Kallo, in the Antwerp port area. The propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant will be used to convert propane into propylene. The propylene in turn can be used to make polypropylene, a plastic with many applications which is employed in among others the car industry. 

The plant will make use of a recyclable, chromium-free catalyst which is expected to reduce energy consumption, waste production and CO2 emissions. The investment is supported by the Flemish government which has granted €4m in strategic ecological support to the project.

"After the recent announcement by Sea-Mol, this decision by a leading player such as Borealis once more confirms that we as the largest chemical cluster in Europe have a strong attraction for international investors. The mega-investment can only reinforce this position and thus make an essential contribution towards a sustainable future for our port," declared Port Authority CEO Jacques Vandermeiren.


Port Alderman, Marc Van Peel, "For decades, our port has been playing a major role in the petrochemical sector, thanks to our innovative strength and local know-how. With this new investment, this historic interest is once again strengthened and consolidated."


Less than one month ago Sea-Mol, a joint venture by Mol Chemical Tankers and Sea-Invest, announced that it had chosen Antwerp for construction of a tank storage terminal representing an investment of €300m to €400m.

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