DuPont Sabanci Polyester Europe B.V. (DuPontSA), a joint venture between Sabanci Holding Company and DuPont Textiles & Interiors, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Aker Kvaerner, to provide the engineering and procurement services for the expansion of a purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant at Wilton, Teesside in the United Kingdom. PTA is used globally as a key ingredient in the manufacture of polyester fibres, resins and films.
With a contract value of £2 million, the project will be led from Aker Kvaerners Solent office in the UK, with local support provided by a site design office at Wilton on Teesside. The scope of work comprises complete detailed design engineering, procurement and expediting, and inspection services, for the expansion of the PTA plant.
The project will increase capacity at DuPontSAs T8 PTA plant by 100,000 tonnes per annum to more than 500 ktpa and will substantially improve its cost competitiveness. The project will utilise DuPonts advanced and proven PTA technology.
Wim van der Zande, President of AK Process, Aker Kvaerners European Process business, said, “DuPontSA is fully committed to the European PTA business and we are delighted to be collaborating with them on this project. This is the fifteenth PTA project we have undertaken using their technology.”
Paul Bartlett, DuPontSA Corporate SHEA leader and Project Director, said, “We look forward to working together with Aker Kvaerner to harness our respective capabilities to deliver a first class outcome.”
DuPontSA expects to complete the project by September 2004. The increased output of PTA will primarily support increased European feedstock demand for the PET packaging industry.