Evonik signs MoU with GACL for HPPO project in India

12 January 2011 16:09  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Evonik has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indian chemical company Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Limited (GACL) for a proposed hydrogen peroxide-to-propylene oxide (HPPO) project at Dahej in the state of Gujurat, the German chemicals firm said on Wednesday.

Evonik said the project involved the construction by the company of a new hydrogen peroxide plant, and a propylene oxide (PO) facility by GACL.

GACL intends to acquire a licence from Evonik and engineering firm Uhde to use the HPPO process to produce PO, said Evonik.

"India is one of the world’s most important growth markets and we want to increase our presence there,” said Thomas Haeberle, a member of the board of management at Evonik Degussa.

"The new project in India is further evidence that we are moving in the right direction with our innovative, environment-friendly HPPO technology. Our strategic objective is to gain access to new markets for hydrogen peroxide in addition to the conventional applications,” Haeberle added.

The project would be contingent upon the approval of the executive board and supervisory board of Evonik.

PO produced by this process is used in the manufacture of polyurethane foams, in applications such as the insulation of refrigerators and buildings.

In the automotive sector, foams are used in seat cushioning, dashboards and bumpers.

The world’s first industrial-scale HPPO production facility, which has a capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year, was started up in 2008 by Korean company SKC in Ulsan.

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