Oman's Saltic FZC to build EDC and caustic soda plant

29 October 2012 11:05  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Saltic FZC is planning to start construction on a worldscale liquid caustic soda and ethylene dichloride (EDC) plant in the Salalah Free Zone, Oman in January 2013, Rohit Kumar, project manager for the company, said on Monday.

The Oman-based chemical producer's new plant will produce 1,231 tonnes/day of EDC and 1,000 tonnes/day of caustic soda. Production at the plant is expected to start in the first quarter of 2015. 

"We will be producing caustic soda lye which will be exported," Kumar said.

The plant will cover approximately 35 hectares (86 acres) and will cost $500m (€385m). Production will be based on the latest membrane cell technology provided by Chlorine Engineering of Japan

Caustic soda is used in many products such as textiles, detergents, pulp and paper, drinking water and drain cleaner. The caustic soda from the complex will be mainly used for the refining of bauxite to produce alumina.

EDC is used for manufacturing vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), which is the key raw material for producing polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

($1 = €0.77)

By: Janos Gal
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