Singapore Chemical Facility Partnership Formed Between Celanese and Jacobs
The Celanese Corporation has contracted the Jacobs Engineering Group to provide engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for the construction of a vinyl acetate ethylene (VAE) emulsions production plant in Singapore.
While the value of the contract is not disclosed, its terms call for California-based Jacobs to be responsible for the detailed engineering and design of the project, as well as procurement of major equipment and management of construction services.
Construction of the new plant is expected to begin by mid-2015 with production expected to start by second half of 2016.
“We have an existing relationship with Celanese Corporation in the U.S., and we are delighted to expand this relationship into the Asia region,” says Jacobs Vice President Kevin McMahon. “We look forward to leveraging our globally recognized EPCM experience to oversee this strategically important plant construction.”
NEW PLANT WILL SUPPORT CELANESE’S CUSTOMERS THROUGHOUT SOUTHEAST ASIA
The new VAE plant in Singapore will give Celanese the opportunity “to broaden its network to better serve customers throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including India, Australia and New Zealand,” says McMahon.
Currently, the Texas-headquartered company operates two VAE emulsions units in Nanjing, China. The first began production at the company’s Nanjing integrated chemical complex in 2007, and the second began production at the same complex in 2011.
VAE emulsions are water-based and primarily used in the production of paint, adhesives, coatings and sealants for the construction, packaging, paper, bookbinding, industrial assembly, and footwear industries.