Germany’s Evonik starts building Jilin hydrogen peroxide plant

23 April 2012 05:50  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Germany’s Evonik Industries held a groundbreaking ceremony on 21 April for its new 230,000 tonne/year hydrogen peroxide plant at Jilin in north China, it said on Monday.

The plant is scheduled to be started up in the fourth quarter of 2013, said the company, which will invest more than €100m ($132m) in the project.

Evonik’s annual capacity of hydrogen peroxide will be increased by nearly 40%, the company said, adding that its current capacity is 600,000 tonnes/year.

The company recently set up Evonik Specialty Chemicals Jilin (ESCJ) to run the new facility, Evonik said.

ESCJ will supply hydrogen peroxide from the unit directly to an adjacent propylene oxide (PO) plant run by Jishen Chemical Industry through a pipeline that will link the two facilities, according to Evonik.

A long-term supply agreement is in place between the two companies and Jishen Chemical Industry will use the hydrogen-peroxide-to-PO (HPPO) process to manufacture PO, Evonik said.

The HPPO process was developed by Evonik in collaboration with engineering firm ThyssenKrupp Uhde GmbH.

PO is mainly used in manufacturing polyurethane (PU) intermediates. PU has applications in upholstery for car seats or furniture.

($1 = €0.76)

By: Dolly Wu
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