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Giant benzene production unit headed to Unipetrol RPA in Litvínov


This year the Unipetrol Group will invest almost half a billion Czech crowns into modernising its benzene production. The most essential part of the facilities involved in this investment is currently travelling by road to the Litvínov-based Unipetrol RPA.

Litvínov, 04. 06. 2008 – The towing vehicle with the gigantic load, which will leave the premises of Sekos in Ústí nad Labem today at 20.30, is transporting the basic part of a new production facility to the Unipetrol area in Záluží in the Most area. It is a fractionating column, which will reach the height of 50 meters after installation. The column for benzene distillation will help Unipetrol RPA to increase its production capacities for this important chemical substance from 210 to 250 kt/year.

The new unit for the petrochemical part of the Unipetrol RPA production should be, according to plan, fully operational before the year is over. The total costs of this modernisation will reach almost half a billion Czech crowns.

This year the Unipetrol Group is planning investments to the total amount of CZK 6.5 billion. At least sixty percent of that is allotted to petrochemicals. Apart from intensifying the petrochemical units, where there are also plans to increase production capacities for ethylene and polyolefins, construction of a new butadiene unit will start.

The oversize transport with the fractionating column will reach Litvínov on 5th June around noon. After arrival the unit will be unloaded immediately and its installation at the prepared base will start. The truck with the column is 62 meters long in total, with its cargo it is 4.5 meters high and 3.2 meters wide. Unipetrol already asked the drivers to be careful, apart from asking also for their patience and understanding. Transporting this unit by any other means is impossible.

UNIPETROL, a.s. is a group of companies operating in the petrochemical industry in the Czech Republic. In 2005 UNIPETROL became a part of the PKN ORLEN group, the biggest oil processor in the Central Europe. The UNIPETROL Group is oriented mostly on oil processing, fuels distribution and petrochemical production. In all these business areas the UNIPETROL Group is among the key players both in the Czech Republic and on the Central European market. The Group belongs to the leading firms in the Czech Republic from the sales point of view and employs approximately 4000 persons. 

Blanka Růžičková 

Telephone: +420 225 001 407, +420 731 881 111 

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