Celanese to test run new Nanjing ethanol plant in April – sources

07 March 2013 21:40  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--US-based Celanese plans to begin trial production at its new 275,000 tonne/year ethanol plant in Nanjing, China, by the first half of April, according to market sources.

“They will begin trial run at the ethanol plant in the first half of April for a duration of two to three months because it is based on new technology,” a China-based source said. 

Celanese did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The ethanol plant, which is located in the company's Nanjing Chemical Industrial Park, is based on the company's TCX technology.

The TCX technology allows it to produce ethanol from natural gas or coal by using acetic acid as an intermediary, according to its patent.

The company operates a 1.2m tonne/year acetic acid plant at the Nanjing production site, which is currently running at “almost full capacity”, according to acetic acid market sources.

Celanese also produces vinyl acetate monomer (VAM), an acetic acid derivative, at its 300,000 tonne/year VAM plant located in the same site.

Celanese wants to keep more of the acetic acid it produces for in-house use, according to a stock analyst’s report released on 9 May 2012.

“It takes 1.25 to 1.50 tonnes of acetic acid to produce one tonne of ethanol,” an acetic acid producer in northeast Asia added.

Major acetic acid producers in Asia include UK’s BP; China’s Jiangsu Sopo, Yankuang Cathay Coal Chemicals, Henan ShunDa Chemical and Hebei Yingdu Gasification; Taiwan’s Chang Chun Petrochemicals, India’s Gujarat Narmade Valley Fertilizers Co (GNFC); Saudi Arabia’s International Acetyl Company; and Iran’s Fanavaran Petrochemical.

By: Helen Lee
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