28 March 2011 22:18 [Source: ICIS news]
By Joseph Chang
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--Dubai-based MEGlobal will explore a number of options to expand monoethylene glycol (MEG) capacity despite feedstock constraints, an executive said on Monday.
“New glycol capacity will eventually arrive, but the question is: Where will the feedstock come from?” said Frank Hanraets, vice president, commercial, on the sidelines of the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC).
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But “we are hoping there will be another MEG expansion in
MEGlobal is a 50:50 joint venture between US-based Dow Chemical and
“MTO and coal-to-olefins are the future of producing glycol, but it will take some time before we get meaningful commercial production,” Hanraets said.
“We’re also looking at bio-routes which would involve sugarcane-based MEG. There is a huge push to green MEG – not just for PET [polyethylene terephthalate] bottles, but fibres in vehicles. We cannot afford to ignore this trend,” he added.
MEGlobal is also considering debottlenecking at its
Hosted by the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA), the IPC runs through Tuesday.
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