07 November 2011 09:06 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--India’s Balaji Amines is planning to start up its new methylamines and ethylamines plant with a capacity of 30,000 tonnes/year at Chincholi, Solapur, in India’s Maharashtra state at the end of January, a company source said on Monday.
The company will increase its methanol consumption by an additional 48,000 tonnes/year, bringing its total consumption to 72,000 tonnes/year.
Balaji Amines has an existing 22,000 tonne/year methylamine plant in Solapur, about 20km (12 miles) away from the new plant.
The firm uses methanol as a feedstock for methylamine production and sells the remaining amount to the local market, the source added.
About 1.45 tonnes of methanol is used to produce 1 tonne of methylamines, the source said.
Methylamines are used in the manufacture of anaesthetics, weedicides, rayon, and solvents such as dimethyl acetamide (DMAC) and dimethyl formamide (DMF).
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