11 July 2008 14:01 [Source: ICIS news]
TOKYO (ICIS news)--Japanese chemical producer Mitsubishi Chemical Co (MCC) is considering building a plant to produce benzene and propylene using coke oven gas (COG) and carbon dioxide (CO2) as raw materials, a spokesman from its parent company Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings said on Friday.
The company had already developed the manufacturing technology to produce the chemicals from COG, a byproduct from its 3.9m tonnes/year coking facility at the Sakaide plant in Kagawa prefecture, the spokesman said.
The production procedure was currently being tested at a pilot facility at its Sakaide-based laboratory, he added.
However, the producer did not specify details including when they planned to build such a unit, its capacity or how much it would cost.
Currently, MCC recycles 50% of the COG generated to heat the coking unit, and sells the other 50% to the neighbouring Shikoku Electric Power Co as a source of electricity, the spokesman said.
MCC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings.
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