Asked Questions

  • 32. Will Project ONE receive government support?

    We have to make a distinction between subsidies and guarantees.

    • Subsidies. To date, no subsidies for Project ONE have been paid out by the government. There are, however, a number of support possibilities from the Flemish government for specific efforts. INEOS must meet the conditions like any other company, including the European and Flemish regulations.
    • If in the future there will be subsidies, this will be for training and education of employees or the limitation of the environmental impact, and this according to the government regulations that are the same for all companies. In this way, INEOS would be able to claim one-off support from the Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Vlaio) for Project ONE totaling a maximum of 8 million euros.
    • In addition, INEOS can receive up to 8 million euros annually for its research and development efforts on all its sites (not only Project ONE).
    • Guarantees. This is a system in which the Flemish government (via PMV) supports certain financial risks of companies. These are also transparent and uniform procedures for all companies that want to make use of them. They are market-based financial instruments that the government uses to make crucial investments in the economic fabric of Flanders succeed. Here, too, conditions are attached for the company, for example in terms of employment in Flanders. Such guarantees are also internationally customary financial instruments for projects of this nature.
  • 13. When will Project ONE be completed?

    Before we can commence construction  on Project ONE, we must obtain the necessary permits. We expect to be able to start construction in the second half of 2021, and that commissioning will take place during 2025.

  • 12. How will INEOS limit inconvenience to the neighborhood?

    Logistics and transport

    During the construction phase we will maximise the  use of ship transport to move the larger components that comprise the major elements of the project. This will reduce the burden of road traffic in the neighborhood. A modular design of the manufacturing plants has been chosen, whereby the large components are constructed off-site prior to transportation by ship to the site in Lillo. In this way, we can significantly reduce both the construction time and any local inconvenience that might result from moving these modules using the local road network.

    Imports of ethane and propane, the raw materials to be used in the new manufacturing plants are currently supplied by ship and will continue to be so. When the new plants are commissioned and are in operation, the ethylene and propylene they produce will be primarily transported via pipelines: the safest and most ecological method of transport.

    Noise – light – odour

    During the construction phase of Project ONE we will comply with noise standards at all times. Noise reduction technologies will be employed in the design of the plant to meet stringent Flemish standards.

    Once in operation, the use of ground flares will limit visible flare activity. The elevated flares serve primarily as a safety system and would be used during the start up and shut down process of the plants. We anticipate that the modern design and control systems will deliver high reliability and will therefore minimize the need for flaring. Other emissions that could potentially give off an aroma are handled in completely enclosed systems and vapors will be treated or captured.

    Protecting nature and biodiversity

    It will be necessary to prepare the industrial ground that has become overgrown. The existing vegetation on the industrial site will be removed, under permit, to prepare the ground for construction. In order to protect and relocate biodiversity, we have been working with the port and well-known, trusted, independent organisations responsible for the conservation of nature. This work has included a significant number of measures including the relocation of protected species, creating similar habitats elsewhere in the Port and the preservation of a natural corridor on the site. INEOS will also replant substantial acres of forest in sustainable areas all over Flanders to compensate for the necessary removal of vegetation on the site.

  • 11. How is INEOS taking questions and suggestions from local residents into account?

    INEOS will be completely transparant with local residents and stakeholders through this project. Project ONE will contribute to the prosperity of the region, employment and renewal of technology in the sector.

    In April 2020 we organized a voluntary consultation as part of  an EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) study, whereby it was possible to submit proposals regarding the content and methodology of the EIA. The public responses that were submitted have been reviewed and have been taken into consideration by the administration of the Flemish Government in the development of its scoping advice for the EIA.

    We are also a member of the Chemical Advisory Board, through which we periodically enter into dialogue with the residents of the surrounding residential areas of Stabroek, Berendrecht and Lillo.

    Via this dedicated website, we will keep our neighbours informed of the progress of the works and the project, and we will endeavour to minimize any inconvenience.

  • 10. What phase of the process is Project ONE now in?

    Right now, there are over 100 people working at project ONE. They are studying and designing the industrial installations, and the permit procedure is in progress. They expect to be able to start building in the second half of 2021 and commission during 2025.

    Project ONE is currently recruiting. We are looking for talented engineers, operators, technicians, and other skilled employees.

    Apply here to work on Project ONE.

  • 9. Have the works already started?

    It is early days yet. Preliminary work has started but we are still focusing on the engineering and designing of the installations and applying for the necessary permits. We expect to start the main works in the second half of 2021.