Linde to Build New PP Line at Braskem Texas Site

Thermoplastics resins producer Braskem has named The Linde Group lead engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor to build its new world-scale North American polypropylene (PP) production line "Delta" in LaPorte, Texas, Linde announced Tuesday.

"Today we are pleased to announced another significant step forward in the development of Delta, which is set to be the largest polypropylene production line in the Americas," Braskem North American CEO Mark Nikolich said in Linde's written statement. "With the experience of having built more than 4,000 plants in more than 100 countries, Linde brings leading edge technology solutions for plant engineering, as well as strong global construction procurement skills and deep specialty experience in UNIPOL PP industrial plant design."

"After decades without significant capacity additions in the US the industry is seeing a strategic change in US polypropylene supply," stated Christian Bruch, Linde executive board member who holds responsibility for the company's engineering business. "Based on our experience with the UNIPOL polypropylene process we have developed a proven track record in delivering measurable benefits to our customers, from design to construction. We are excited to support Braskem in their strategic growth plan in this important and very competitive market."

According to Linde, the Delta PP line will be located next to Braskem's existing production facilities in La Porte. The engineering design phase is well underway and the new plant will boast an annual production capacity of 450-kilotons, or approximately 1 billion-pounds, the company added.

Linde also noted the Delta production line construction should employ approximately 1,000 development and construction workers. Construction should begin mid-summer of this year, and the final phase of main construction is anticipated for the first quarter of 2020, the company stated.



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