The aromatics arm of global chemicals manufacturer INEOS, INEOS Aromatics, has invested $70m into modernising its purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant in Merak, Indonesia, reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and increasing site capacity.

Included in the investment is the installation of a larger oxidation reactor, reconfiguration of the reactor’s heat recovery system and revamp of the process air compressor train – all set to reduce emissions per tonne by 15% and increasing site capacity from 500,000 tonnes to 575,000 tonnes per year. 

Source: INEOS Aromatics

Oxidation reactor.

The plant – a major PTA supplier in the country - is set to increase the availability of PTA for the Indonesian market. 

Stating that the facility has played an important role in the Indonesia polyester industry for some time, Frank Yank, President Director, INEOS Aromatics Indonesia, added, “It [the investment] continues INEOS Aromatics’ tradition of deploying technology that helps lead the polyester industry to a more sustainable future.” 

“It supports INEOS’ commitment to producing essential products while reducing emissions to net zero by 2050.”