Russia's SIBUR to build new methanol separating unit

21 February 2013 15:16  [Source: ICIS news]

MOSCOW (ICIS)--SIBUR has started construction of a methanol separating facility at the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) plant of its subsidiary, Tobolsk-Neftekhim, the Russia-based petrochemical major said on Thursday.

The new propane gas purification unit will have a projected capacity of up to 2.1m tonnes per year, and it is due to be completed in 2014, the company said. The excess methanol will be used to produce methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), it said.

The new unit would lower the content of methanol in the propane fraction so as not to exceed 50 parts per million, SIBUR said.

In early 2011, Tobolsk-Neftekhim started operation of a new purification unit lowering methanol content to less than 0.1%, the statement said. In January 2012, another project was completed to lower methanol content to 0.015%-0.035%, it said.

By: Sergei Blagov
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