US TPC Group’s board approves restart of dehydrogenation unit

13 September 2012 13:28  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--TPC Group’s board of directors has approved plans to restart an idled dehydrogenation unit in Houston to produce isobutylene, the US-based chemicals firm said on Thursday.

The unit is expected to be operational from the second half of 2014, and will produce up to 650m lb/year (294,835 tonnes/year) of isobutylene from isobutane, a natural gas liquids feedstock whose production volumes continue to increase as a result of US shale gas development, TPC added.

The company said the total capital expenditure for the project is estimated at $265m (€208m), with $25m of that amount already spent to date.

The dehydrogenation unit will “serve to provide isobutylene feedstock for the company's performance products and fuels business, including MTBE [methyl tertiary butyl ether], polyisobutylene, high purity isobutylene and diisobutylene,” TPC added.

TPC first announced plans to restart the unit in February 2011.

($1 =€0.78)

By: Franco Capaldo
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