Asked Questions

  • 5. Who is INEOS?

    With the acquisition of its first plant in Antwerp in 1998 INEOS has grown into a leading global chemical company with 183 sites and 23,000 employees worldwide. INEOS produces the essential building blocks for a wide variety of high-quality products that are ubiquitous in our daily lives, such as medicines, disinfectant hand gel, sterile packaging, pipes for transporting potable water. Materials for solar panels and wind turbines, lightweight materials for the automotive industry which lower fuel consumption, insulation materials, inks and paints all rely on chemicals from INEOS. As does packaging materials that increase the safety and storage time of foodstuffs, and so on.

    INEOS has nine separate production units, Research & Development facilities and three commercial offices in Belgium. Of these, seven separate production sites are located in and around Antwerp (Lillo (2), Doel, Geel, Zandvliet (2), Zwijndrecht). Project ONE will be the eighth production site in Antwerp and the 10th in Belgium.

  • 4. What will be produced there?

    Project ONE will see the construction  of two production units: propylene will be produced in the PDH unit; and an ethane cracker will produce ethylene in the other unit. Ethylene and propylene are essential building blocks for numerous high-quality products in the automotive, construction, energy and medical sectors (among others). For example, pipes for transporting drinking water and gas, insulation materials, textiles, solar panels, wind turbine lubricants and blades, food hygiene, medical applications and lightweight car components. Ordinarily INEOS would import these raw materials from various parts of the world. Project ONE allows it to move up the value chain, bring  the production of these essential products under its own management on the world’s latest technology.  

  • 3. Why is Project ONE being built in Antwerp?

    INEOS can trace its heritage back to 1998 and its first manufacturing plant in Antwerp. Since then, we have maintained good relationships with the port community. We strongly believe that the port of Antwerp – with its entrepreneurship, logistics infrastructure and highly skilled workforce – is the perfect location for our largest and newest investment in Europe.

    Moreover, the port of Antwerp’s location is one of its greatest assets. Access to deep water berths, an existing network of pipelines and the co-location of well-established petrochemical and manufacturing plants makes Antwerp unique.

    For these reasons, we are continuing our investment in the port of Antwerp with Project ONE, the arrival of which will strenghten and increase the effectiveness of Europe’s chemical sector.

  • 2. Where will Project ONE be built?

    Project ONE is being built in a designated industrial zone in the port of Antwerp, infilling on unused land. The blue  outline in the image below shows the northern and southern project areas, where the PDH unit and the ethane installation will be built, respectively.

  • 1. What does Project ONE represent for the European Chemical Industry?

    Project ONE is the largest and most substantial investment in the European chemical sector in the past 20 years. When this multi-billion project is completed, Antwerp will be home to the most energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly ethylene installation in Europe together with a modern, state-of-the-art propane dehydrogenation (PDH)  unit.

    The two manufacturing  plants will produce ethylene and propylene, vital raw materials used as the building blocks in products that have become integral to every part of our modern daily lives. These plants will be located in the Port of Antwerp. In addition to the construction of the two manufacturing plants, anciliary infrastructure and utilities will be installed, including power and steam generation and a loading and unloading facility for ocean-going vessels.

    With investment comes jobs. Project ONE will create  employment opportunities in the port of Antwerp for around 450 new high value and long term  roles. And, during the construction phase we anticipate up to  15 million man-hours at the site and a maximum of 3000 contractors on the site in peak work periods. You can find more information about these exciting opportunities in the jobs section.