The gas carrier Guadalupe Explorer delivered on Thursday 22 December the first 22,000 tonnes of propane, which will be transshipped into propane tanks at the Polymery Police investment’s Offshore Gas Terminal and will be used to start up the propane dehydrogenation and polypropylene production facilities.
The delivery is being made as part of a propane purchase agreement with Trafigura PTE Ltd for approximately $250 million. With the agreement, more than 50 per cent of Azoty Polyolefins Group’s demand for the raw material in 2023-2024 has been secured.
The event to mark the first delivery of propane was attended by, among others, the West Pomeranian Governor Zbigniew Bogucki, the President of the Management Board of Grupa Azoty SA Tomasz Hinc, the Vice Presidents of the Management Board of Grupa Azoty S.A. Mariusz Grab and Grzegorz Kądzielawski, as well as the President of the Management Board of Grupa Azoty Polyolefins Andrzej Niewiński.
The Polimery Police project implemented by Grupa Azoty Polyolefins SA is the construction of an integrated chemical complex, comprising a propylene plant, a polypropylene plant, a transhipment and storage terminal, as well as logistics infrastructure and relevant ancillary facilities. The terminal will enable the supply of two key raw materials for the investment, i.e. propane and ethylene. Three tanks have been built at the Police gas port – two for propane with a capacity of 40,000 m³ each and one for ethylene with a capacity of 12,000 m³.
– The completed propane delivery confirms that the construction of the new Polimery Police plant is entering the final phase of the investment. The overall progress of the works is already over 98 per cent, and the reloading of propane into the tank located in the new Police gas port should be treated as a symbolic beginning of the completion of the new chemical complex. Thus, next year we will be launching an investment thanks to which Grupa Azoty and Poland will join the European leaders in the production of polypropylene and will be among the largest producers in the region of Central and Eastern Europe, says Tomasz Hinc, President of the Management Board of Grupa Azoty S.A.
Propane and ethylene will be stored in cryogenic tanks in a liquid state at near atmospheric pressure and at boiling temperatures of -42 deg C (propane) and -104 deg C (ethylene). The tanks are of double-wall construction, meaning that the visible outer tank contains a second tank, the inner tank, which will hold the liquid. The space between the shells is filled with insulating material – perlite. The bottom plates of the tanks will be heated so that the ground beneath the tanks will not be subject to freezing from low liquid temperatures and warping.