EPCA ’11: Oxea increases syngas capacity 10% at Texas plant

01 October 2011 18:10  [Source: ICIS news]

BERLIN (ICIS)--Oxea has increased syngas capacity by 10% at its US Bay City plant in Texas, the Germany-based oxo-intermediates and oxo-derivatives producer said on Saturday.

Syngas is the main precursor for production of oxo-intermediates and oxo-derivatives, such as alcohols, polyols, carboxylic acids, specialty esters and amines.

“At the current high demand for our oxo products, greater product availability will further lead to an improved level of service and supply security for our customers,” Oxea executive board member for marketing and sales Miguel Mantas said.

Oxea did not disclose the capacity increase in tonnage, nor did it disclose the cost of the increase.

The Bay City plant can produce 230,000 tonnes/year of butanol and 80,000 tonnes/year of butyl acetate (butac), according to ICIS plants and projects.

Speaking to ICIS on the sidelines of the 45th annual European Petrochemical Association (EPCA), Mantas said the company achieved the syngas capacity increase relatively inexpensively.

“We found a rather intelligent way using little capital to create a significant debottlenecking of our overall capability on the site,” he said. “We will be able to capitalise on that given that our downstream capacities can utilised somewhat further …”.

Oxo-intermediates and oxo-derivatives are used in coatings, lubricants, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

By: Brian Ford
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