Dow, Sud-Chemie to research syngas-to-chems conversion

22 January 2009 13:48  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--Dow Chemical and Germany’s Sud-Chemie have agreed to jointly research the conversion of synthetic gas into chemicals (syngas-to-chemicals) as an alternative to conventional feedstocks to produce chemicals, the companies said on Thursday.

The research would focus on developing and producing catalysts to make the conversion process more efficient and on the direct conversion of syngas to olefins, the companies said.

“Dow is exploring innovative ways to reduce our reliance on oil and gas as the raw materials we use to produce chemicals and plastics,” Juan Luciano, Dow’s senior vice president for hydrocarbons and basic plastics, said.

“Conversion of syngas based on coal or biomass is a promising route for the scale that Dow needs to have an impact,” he added.

Syngas, which could be produced through gasification and reforming processes of raw materials such as coal, petroleum coke, biomass, natural gas and waste products, was a highly versatile intermediate, but current capital and conversion costs were steep, the companies said.

Dow and Sud-Chemie plan to begin the research programme in April.

The research would be conducted at Dow’s Terneuzen site in the Netherlands and at Sud-Chemie's catalyst research and development centres in Germany and the US, they said.

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