VIETNAM: Nghi Son refinery, petrochem project approved by Thanh Hoa authorities

The project includes a 200,000-b/d refinery, which will process crude oil imported from Kuwait, a 700,000-t/y paraxylene plant, a 370,000-t/y polypropylene facility and a 240,000-t/y benzene unit. Commercial operations are expected to begin in mid-2017.

NSRP, a joint venture owned 35.1% each by Idemitsu Kosan and Kuwait Petroleum International, 25.1% by PetroVietnam and 4.7% by Mitsui Chemicals, is investing $9 billion in the complex.

Source: Weekly "PetroChemical News", Durham, NC, USA; 29 July 2013
(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)