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LG Chem drops $2.4 billion on upgrades to Yeosu plant

July 24,2018
LG Chem, Korea’s biggest chemical company by sales, said Monday it will invest 2.8 trillion won ($2.4 billion) to expand its local naphtha cracking center (NCC) and polyolefin (PO) plant by 2021.

The company will spend 2.6 trillion won to increase output capacity of the NCC and the PO plant in Yeosu, South Jeolla , by 800,000 tons each. It will inject the remaining 200 billion won into a “future materials” production facility in Dangjin, South Chungcheong, LG Chem said in a statement

The expanded NCC will boost production capacity of ethylene to 3.3 million tons, making it the largest local producer of the key material. Ethylene is the building block for a vast range of chemicals from plastics to antifreeze solutions and solvents.

In 2018, LG Chem aims to achieve sales of 26.9 trillion won, while planning 3.8 trillion won in expenditure.