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IVL’s Nigeria plant on stream

Thailand-based polyester value chain producer Indorama Ventures (IVL) has started up its new PET Solid State Polymerisation (SSP) facility in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, with a capacity of 75,000 tonnes/year.

The facility produces bottle grade PET chips through SSP, the second stage of the PET production process after the initial chips formed by a polycondensation process, which can be sourced from the company’s facilities in Asia or Europe and shipped to Nigeria for final processing.

Nigeria has an estimated demand of approximately 53,000 tonnes of PET in a country of approximately 120 million people and is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. Port Harcourt is a port town in Southern Nigeria that is the centre of the country's large oil and petrochemicals industry.

The plant, which utilises Buhler SSP technology from Germany, is the first PET plant in West Africa and provides IVL with the ability to serve its major customers with global service on four continents.