ARSD, Gevo contract for new isobutanol-to-PX unit in Texas

28 March 2013 15:24  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Arabian American Development (ARSD) has contracted with Gevo to extend toll processing services of its hydrocarbon processing demonstration plant in Silsbee, Texas, and construct a second demonstration unit there that will produce paraxylene (PX) from isobutanol, Arabian American Development announced on Thursday.

The new unit will produce PX for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) production, ARSD said in a press release.

The contract is for a year and a half, with one-year extensions available thereafter, said the company, which is based in Sugar Land, Texas.

The demonstration plant is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of this year.

ARSD’s Silsbee petrochemical facility specialises in high purity petrochemical solvents and other solvent-type manufacturing.

Gevo, based in Englewood, Colorado, makes renewable chemicals such as isobutanol and advanced biofuels.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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