31 August 1998 00:00 [Source: ICB]
Ashland Chemical is raising the capacity of maleic anhydride by more than 3100 tonne/year at its plant in Neal, West Virginia, US.
Once completed, total capacity will rise to 43 000 tonne/year. The announcement was made to coincide with the plant turnaround.
Carol Eicher, petrochemical division vice president and general manager, said that the company was also looking into the possibility of further expanding its Neal plant in 1999 as well as expanding its facility at Neville Island, Pennsylvania.
MW Kellogg is currently carrying out preliminary engineering studies for the Neville Island plant.
The addition of a third reactor coupled with new distillation capacity would add an extra 14 000 tonne/year of maleic anhydride to the facility's current capacity of 20 000 tonne/year.
New maleic capacity is also being planned in the US by Eurodiol, which plans to bring onstream 100 000 tonne/year (BDO equivalent) by 2000.
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