EPCA '07: BP to debottleneck Hull acetic acid unit

30 September 2007 10:20  [Source: ICIS news]

BERLIN (ICIS news)--BP Acetyls, the global acetic acid producer, plans to debottleneck its acetic acid unit in Hull, UK, by 30,000 tonnes/year during a turnaround in 2010, a company official said on Sunday.

 

“We will size the units for growth and increase efficiency by lowering costs,” David Smith, general manager of Europe, said on the sidelines of the European Petrochemical Conference (EPCA).

 

The company would also expand its acetic anhydride unit by 25,000 tonnes/year and upgrade reactors and carbon monoxide reformer in Hull during the turnaround, he added.

 

“It will be a significant expenditure,” Smith said, but declined to give the exact figure as project costing was still ongoing.

 

BP Acetyls operates a 520,000 tonne/year acetic acid unit and a 150,000 tonne/year acetic anhydride unit in Hull.


By: Florence Tan
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