India's APL to finish oxos expansion in Q1 2010

04 September 2008 17:33  [Source: ICIS news]

NEW DELHI (ICIS news)--India’s Andhra Petrochemicals Limited (APL) would commission its oxo-alcohols expansion project in the first quarter of 2010 at Vishakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh state, a company official said on Thursday.

The project, which achieved financial closure in June, envisages an increase in nameplate capacity to 73,000 tonnes/year from 39,000 tonnes/year at a cost of Indian rupees (Rs) 3.2bn.

The official said that the company would commission a feasibility study to examine the possibility of using natural gas as feedstock in the reformer to reduce manufacturing costs.

It would also study the prospects of using process gases in the plant to reduce cost of production.

The company currently uses naphtha as feedstock for production of synthesis gas, which is then is reacted with propylene for production of aldehydes from which are derived oxo-alcohols.

APL is setting up a research and development centre with Davy Process Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson Mathey, at Mindi in Vizag to launch research initiatives for supporting production process requirements.

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By: Naresh Minocha
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