Uhde will build SKC HPPO unit

22 May 2006 00:00  [Source: ICB]

SKC of Seoul has contracted Uhde of Germany to build a propylene oxide (PO) plant at Ulsan, using a new process developed with Degussa.

The 100 000 tonne/year plant, which is scheduled to come on stream in early 2008, will be the first commercial-scale plant to be based on the process, which produces propylene oxide from hydrogen peroxide and propylene (HPPO). Uhde will carry out the basic engineering and, in conjunction with Degussa, supply the licence for this process.

DegussaHeadwaters Korea, a joint venture (jv) between Degussa and the US company Headwaters of South Jordan, Utah, will supply the hydrogen peroxide feedstock.

The jv agreed to buy Kemira’s hydrogen peroxide plant at Ulsan and to more than double the 34 000 tonne/year plant’s capacity (ICIS Chemical Business, 15 May).

‘For us, the innovative and co-product-free Degussa/Uhde HPPO technology is the process of the future,’ said Uhde executive board member Helmut Knauthe. ‘We are totally convinced that it will become a yardstick for the construction of new propylene oxide plants.’

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