Thailand’s Vinythai to start up ECH unit on 23 January

20 January 2012 07:39  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Thailand’s Vinythai, a subsidiary of Belgium’s Solvay, is expected to start up a 100,000 tonne/year epichlorohydrin (ECH) plant at Map Ta Phut in Rayong on 23 January, a company source said on Friday.

The plant will be operated by ABT, which is a fully owned subsidiary of Vinythai, the source added.

Production at the new plant will undergo various quality control checks and a series of approval processes for about a month, the source said.

“If everything goes according to schedule, we expect to start offering by the end of February,” the source added.

Solvay’s in-house Epicerol technology, which requires glycerine as a feedstock to produce ECH, will be used at the new plant, the source said.

According to market sources, the facility will use 110,000 tonnes/year of refined glycerine.

Solvay holds a 59% stake in Vinythai, while PTTGC and General Public hold a 25% and a 16% share, respectively.

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By: Gabriel Yip
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