Polyethylene project for Aker

Aker Kvaerner has signed a contract with PetroChina International for the basic engineering design and supply of equipment for a new full density polyethylene plant in China.


Aker Kvaerner has signed a contract with PetroChina International Company for the basic engineering design and supply of certain equipment for a new full density polyethylene plant at the Dushanzi complex in Xinjiang province, China.



Aker Kvaerner will provide the basic engineering design, together with offshore equipment and material supply, from its offices in the Netherlands and China.



Dushanzi is an integrated ethylene cracking complex with downstream facilities for the production of a wide range of polymer products. The new full density polyethylene (FDPE) plant consists of two lines each with a capacity of 300,000 tonnes per annum (tpa). The project, to be executed on a fast-track basis, will commence this month. Plant start-up is expected in September 2008.



The FDPE plant will make use of Univation’s UNIPOL polyethylene technology, which produces polyethylene in a low pressure gas phase reactor. The total number of UNIPOL PE lines either installed or under construction around the world is now approaching 100. Of these, 18 have been designed and or built by Aker Kvaerner.