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Petkim restarts expanded PTA unit, Turkey a key PTA importer

6:35 AM MST | February 27, 2015 | —Victoria Dimmock and Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Petkim (Alia─ča, Turkey) is restarting its newly expanded purified terephthalic acid (PTA) unit at Alia─ča. The project to increase PTA capacity at the site from 70,000 m.t./year to 110,000 m.t./year was announced in 2013 and forms part of a $10-billion investment plan that aims to transform Alia─ča into a major petrochemical hub by 2023. Turkey has a well-established fibers industry and has been expanding its presence in the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin market, increasing domestic demand for feedstock PTA. Köksan (Gaziantep, Turkey) started up a...

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