LG Chem Drops Plan to Build $4.2 Bln Kazakh Petrochem Complex

Source: Reuters 1/26/2016, Location: Asia

South Korea's LG Chem said it had decided to drop a plan to jointly build a $4.2-billion petrochemical complex in Kazakhstan, citing a prolonged slump in oil prices and a sharp increase in facility investments.

In 2011, the chemical company said it would construct the complex near the western Kazakh city of Atyrau as part of a 50-50 joint venture with two Kazakh companies.

The plan involved building ethylene and polyethylene plants with annual capacities of 840,000 tonnes and 800,000 tonnes, respectively.

LG Chem also said it had cancelled its plan to invest in the polysilicon business, citing difficult prospects for a market turnaround in the short term.

In 2011, the company said it would build a 5,000-tonne-per-year plant, at a cost of 491 billion won ($408 million), to manufacture polysilicon, which is used to make solar panels.


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