NPRA ’11: Wind energy drives polyetheramine demand - US Huntsman

29 March 2011 21:34  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--Rising demand for large wind turbines is increasing demand for polyetheramines, an executive of US-based Huntsman said on Tuesday.

Large wind-turbine blades are made out of epoxy-resin composites, said Stewart Monteith, president of the performance products division of Huntsman.

Monteith made his comments on the sidelines of the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC), which was held by the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA).

Polyetheramines are used as curing agents for the epoxy resins, Monteith said.

Epoxy resins are critical for building the large wind turbines, he said. 

China’s latest five-year plan calls for the addition of several thousands of megawatts (MNW) of wind power, Monteith said.

Another source of demand could come from high-speed rail, Monteith said.

China plans to add 120,000 km (75,000 miles) of railroad by 2014, he said. Of that amount, 16,000 km would be high-speed rail.

The bridges for the high-speed projects would require a polyurea coating, which uses polyetheramines as a raw material.

To help meet higher demand, Huntsman plans to add 40,000 tonnes/year to its polyetheramines plant on Jurong Island in Singapore, Monteith said.

The plant's current capacity is 24,000 tonnes/year, he said.

Hosted by the NPRA, the IPC continues through Tuesday.

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By: Al Greenwood
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