AFPM '12: US TPC's isobutylene plant on track for 2014 start-up

02 April 2012 00:06  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--US-based TPC Group is on track to start its isobutylene plant in Houston, Texas, in 2014, the company's president said on Sunday.

Once completed, the plant will have a capacity of 292,500 tonnes/year of isobutylene.

TPC also plans to start on-purpose butadiene (BD) production at the Houston site.

The company has not announced a definite start-up date, although production could start around 2016, said president Michael McDonnell on the sidelines of the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC).

TPC's on-purpose BD production will involve two units. The first, a restarted dehydrogenation unit, will use butane to produce butylenes. It is building the second unit, which will use the company's Oxo-D technology to produce BD from the butylenes.

TPC will have an on-purpose BD capacity of 600m lb/year (270,000 tonnes/year) at the site. The company expects no problems adding the new plant to its existing infrastructure, McDonnell said. Future BD demand will likely be met by on-purpose production, he added.

The IPC, which is hosted by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), lasts through Tuesday.

By: Al Greenwood
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