By Watchara Punsayanavin
This is expected to boost earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation by $20 million-$30 million during the year, president Atikom Terbsiri said at a press conference yesterday.
The overall Phoenix project – the listed company’s $1.3-billion five-year investment plan, running from 2010 to 2014 – is a key element in the drive to make IRPC a leading integrated petrochemical player in Asia.
Next year’s investment includes expanding capacity to produce styrene monomer, which is the main raw material in making polystyrene, from the current 200,000 tonnes to 260,000 tonnes a year at a cost of $57 million.
The company will also spend $70 million on expanding the annual capacity to produce ABS plastic from 100,000 tonnes to 160,000 tonnes.
Another $20 million-$30 million will be allocated to increasing IRPC’s capacity to produce premium-grade ethylene for support with green energy products, developing value-added products from oil depots and the company’s lube-oil blending plant, and research and development of new products, said Atikom.
IRPC posted revenue of Bt225.52 billion and a net loss Bt974.74 million for the first nine months of the year