BP Amoco, Elf establish two polypropylene JVs

The petrochemicals units of BP Amoco plc and Elf Aquitaine SA have set up two joint ventures in polypropylene, one for manufacturing and marketing in Europe and one for global research and development.Operations JVBP Amoco Chemicals and Elf Atochem announced a 50-50 joint venture that will combine the existing Appryl joint venture of BP and Elf with the former Amoco plant at Geel, Belgium.Appryl`s Gonfreville and Lavera plants in France and the Grangemouth unit in Scotland due on stream later this year will combine with the Geel operations to give a combined European polypropylene capacity of more than 1.2 million metric tons/year.The partners said this will make the JV-yet to be named-Eu...

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