07 July 2011 12:34 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Jilin Connell Chemical Industry is expected to start up its 150,000 tonne/year grassroots aniline plant in Jilin, Jilin province, China in the first quarter of 2012, an official of US-based engineering company KBR said on Thursday.
John Derbyshire, president of KBR’s Technology division, said construction of the plant is on schedule for completion by the end of this year.
KBR conducted the basic engineering work for the project and is providing the aniline technology through a licensing alliance with DuPont. The process converts benzene and nitric acid into mononitrobenzene, which is hydrogenated to make aniline, a precursor for methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI).
KBR is also providing the technology and basic engineering for an aniline project being implemented by Inner Mongolia Connell Chemical Industry. Located in Tongliao, China, the project will have a 360,000 tonne/year capacity.
Derbyshire said the Inner Mongolia project is expected to be completed in mid-2014 and come on stream in the third quarter of 2014.
The projects are two of several aniline projects being developed in China to help meet rising demand for MDI. “There is increasing consumption for MDI. There is a desire to produce rather than import and there is large availability of a raw material, coal, which can be used to produce chemicals,” Derbyshire said.
“These aniline plants are being fed by products made by coal,” he also said.
Nitric acid feedstock can be manufactured from coal-based ammonia and the benzene can also be derived from coal, he said.
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