23 November 2007 16:58 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS news)--Sud-Chemie has started work on expanding its zeolites catalysts plant at Bitterfeld, Germany, which will also supply new catalysts to make propylene from coal, gas and methanol-based feedstocks, it said on Friday.
The company expected to start up the "significant expansion" in 2009 but did not detail capacities or investment costs.
New specialty catalysts made at the plant would be used in processes which convert coal and gas-based feedstocks to propylene, and in projects in
"For the first time, our customers will be offered an alternative basis for their propylene and polypropylene (PP) production, namely natural gas and coal instead of oil, which is becoming increasingly expensive," said Sud-Chemie managing board member Hans-Joachim Muller.
Bitterfeld would become Sud-Chemie’s second important base for zeolite catalysts, along with Richards Bay, South Africa, the company said.
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