The board of ICI Pakistan has decided to increase authorised capital to Rs 10,000 million ($291.6 million) from Rs 3,000 million ($87.5 million) in order to facilitate the financing of Pakistan’s first purified teraphthalic acid (PTA) plant. ICI Pakistan is building the 400,000-tonne-a-year plant in Port Qasim at an estimated cost of $350 million. The UK’s Foster Wheeler, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Foster Wheeler Corporation of the US, is the consultant. Industry sources say that the company is also considering the possibility of a second PTA plant to be built in Pakistan (MEED 16:2:96).

ICI Pakistan has announced net profits of Rs 589 million ($17.2 million) for the year ending December 1995. The figure shows a 13.5 per cent rise on the previous year. ICI Pakistan is 61.5 per cent owned by the UK’s ICI with the remainder owned locally.

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