UpdateDow to build 150,000 tonne/year PG plant in Thailand

17 December 2010 00:02  [Source: ICIS news]

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HOUSTON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical plans to build a 150,000 tonne/year propylene glycol (PG) plant in Mab Ta Phut, Thailand, the company said on Thursday.

The plant would use propylene oxide (PO) derived from a hydrogen peroxide-to-propylene oxide (HPPO) technology developed by Dow and BASF, Dow said. The HPPO plant was being constructed as part of the integrated joint venture liquids cracker and derivatives project in Thailand with Siam Cement Group (SCG).

Engineering and construction of the PG plant would begin in 2011 and last for two years before startup, said Dow marketing communications manager Melissa Jones.

Several news agencies quoted the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) as saying Dow would invest 2bn baht ($66m, €50m) in the PG plant project. Dow would not disclose financial information on the project.

“The Thailand PG facility will use a safe, efficient and more environmentally friendly process and will have the capability to provide the same high quality glycol products that are produced in other Dow PG manufacturing facilities around the globe,” Dow said.

Dow said that advanced energy reduction and throughput optimisation technology that was implemented in September at its PG site in Stade, Germany, also would be used at the Thailand PG facility.

Dow said it has a global PO capacity of more than 2m tonnes/year and a global PG capacity of 700,000 tonnes/year.

($1= €0.76) ($1 = baht 30.11)

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