Unipetrol yesterday denied downbeat speculation regarding the 2000 profit expectations of Chemopetrol, Unipetrol’s 100% owned subsidiary. Chemopetrol’s 2000 figures will be negatively affected by a 50-day suspension of production due to a cracker-capacity upgrade in Q3. Unipetrol, however, announced that Chemopetrol would meet its goal of CZK 961 mil. of pretax profit for 2000. Our projections for the company’s pretax profit stand at CZK 923 mil. Unipetrol is to announce Q3 figures next Wednesday.