Yokohama, Japan – JGC Plant Solutions and JGC Indonesia, both wholly-owned subsidiaries of JGC Group, have been awarded a lump-sum turnkey contract for expansion of the electrolysis facilities at a plant owned by P.T. Asahimas Chemical (Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.:52.5%, P.T. Rodamas:18%, Ableman Finance Ltd.:18%, Mitsubishi Corporation:11.5%). The contract calls for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) work associated with expansion of the electrolysis capacity of P.T. Asahimas Chemical's chlor-alkali production plant in Cilegon, Banten, Indonesia. The project, scheduled for completion in 1Q 2013, will boost the plant's production of caustic soda (sodium hydroxide) by 30% to around 500,000 tons per year.
Caustic soda is an alkali chemical with a wide range of industrial applications, including the production of rayon, soap, detergent, seasoning, pulp and paper. Fueled by the rapid economic growth of Indonesia and other Asian countries, demand for caustic soda has been increasing significantly. P.T. Asahimas Chemical aims to meet this rising demand by expanding its facilities.
JGC Plant Solutions is a Japanese subsidiary of JGC Corporation focused largely on the EPC business. JGC Indonesia has more than 30 years of experience working on local projects as the regional arm of JGC Corporation, and the company also independently performs EPC for projects in Indonesia. For this project, JGC Plant Solutions will be taking charge of the procurement work from outside Indonesia, while JGC Indonesia will perform the engineering, domestic procurement, and construction work.
One goal set forth in JGC Group's new five year management plan "New Horizon 2015" is the strengthening and expansion of its EPC business by promoting alliances between its overseas and domestic subsidiaries. Developing countries are currently experiencing rapid economic growth, and thus, demand for investment in local industry is rising. By strengthening JGC Group's subsidiaries in Asia and elsewhere, JGC is committed to providing multi-faceted investment and support services to thoroughly serve client needs throughout the world.