Repsol company will invest €105 million The construction of the first plant in the Iberian Peninsula at the Puertollano industrial complex enabled the manufacture of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), a material considered a ‘super polymer’ exceptional quality Which can be an alternative to steel.
According to the company in a press release, this new plant will be operational in late 2024 and will have an annual capacity of 15,000 tons,
for the construction of the plant, Repsol The company has selected the technology of DSM, which is a recognized manufacturer of UHMWPE Netherlands,
UHMWPE is a material that, due to its exceptional hardness and strength characteristics, can replace steel in some applications and has high impact resistance, high toughness and self-adjustment. lubrication,
The new plant, which will be located around the polypropylene plant, will be integrated into the production plan Puertolano Industrial Complex Covering the entire manufacturing chain: from feeding the plant with ethylene produced in olefins to the end of the process: Commercialization of UHMWPE worldwide.
Repsol has indicated that the project will make it “one of the few companies in the world to manufacture this super polymer” and “represents a firm commitment to the industrial development of the country, the establishment of industry in the region and to promote socio economic development of the field “.
This investment, the company continued, will promote direct, indirect and induced employment and, with the support of subsidiaries, will create jobs for building And the start-up of the plant would require around 700 professionals from various disciplines, as outlined in the Repsol statement.
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