Brzeg Dolny, Poland – PCC Rokita and PCC Exol plan to build a 50:50 facility to make downstream chemicals from ethylene oxide. Both companies are carrying out a feasibility study which could end with them taking up to 120kT/year more EO from PKN Orlen, a current supplier.
The new EO derivatives plant will be operated by PCC BD, the equal joint venture, which will invest at least EUR270m. It will employ at least 55 people between 2026 and 2031, according to a filing with the Warsaw stock exchange. The plant will be built in the Legnica Special Economic Zone, and will attract tax breaks.
The companies said: ‘[The new plant will] be a universal installation intended for the production of many product groups manufactured so far by the companies of the PCC Rokita Group, and would enable the introduction of new groups or types of products not manufactured so far. The new installation will be flexible not only in terms of the type of manufactured products but also in terms of the diversification of production technologies.'
Separately, PCC Rokita and Exol are undertaking a feasibility study to take a further 120kT/year ethylene oxide from PKN Orlen, and the possibly of joint management of the increased amount of ethylene oxide in the product portfolio after 2023. PCC Rokita said it may seek external finance, depending on the feasibility study's outcome.
PCC Rokita manufactures polyols for the polyurethane industry, while Exol makes a range of surfactants used in cosmetics, household and industrial sectors.