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ARCO CHEMICAL BOARD APPROVES NEW PROPYLENE GLYCOL ETHER PLANT AT ROTTERDAM

 NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- ARCO Chemical Company (NYSE: RCM) announced today its board of directors' approval for the construction of a new propylene glycol ether plant at its subsidiary's Rotterdam, Netherlands, plant site.
 The plant will produce 70,000 metric tons a year of propylene glycol ethers (PGEs). Construction will begin in 1993 and startup is expected mid 1995.
 "This new plant supports the company's longstanding strategy to increase its downstream integration in value-added derivatives of propylene oxide," said Jack Oppasser, president, ARCO Chemical Europe. "I am delighted that the expansion will be built in Europe because it allows the company to sustain its strong position in the growing European glycol ether market," he added.
 ARCO Chemical does not disclose the cost of specific capital projects. The initial spending on the PGE project, however, is included in ARCO Chemical's $240 million capital budget announced in December 1992.
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