Belgium’s Solvay to build alkoxylation facility in Singapore

16 April 2013 10:40  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Solvay will build a large-scale alkoxylation facility in Singapore to serve the fast-growing Asian market in home and personal care, coatings, industrial, agrochemicals and oil & gas, the Belgium-based producer said on Tuesday.

Through the alkoxylation process key monomers are produced that serve downstream surfactant development and manufacturing

The facility, expected to start operations by 2015, will be connected to Anglo-Dutch Shell's new high purity ethylene oxide (HPEO) unit in the integrated petrochemical hub of Jurong Island.

Solvay said the unit will be supplied by an ethylene oxide (EO) pipe from Shell to feed the alkoxylation activities. Financial and capacity details of the project were not disclosed.

"This project is part of our aggressive growth strategy in Asia and solidifies our specialty surfactant production," said Emmanuel Butstraen, president of Solvay Novecare.

"In addition to greatly expanding our alkoxylation footprint in Asia, the facility demonstrates Novecare's ambition to be the world leader in delivering innovative surfactant solutions to our customers on a global basis," he added

"Our new facility will enable us to develop our specialty surfactant offer in Asia and use Singapore as a hub to provide highly competitive and innovative intermediates to other Novecare sites in Asia, as well as penetrating further into key Southeast Asia markets such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand," said Pierre-Franck Valentin, vice-president and general manager of Solvay Novecare in the Asia-Pacific region.

On 12 April, Solvay said it would build a specialty surfactant plant at an industrial park in Genthin, near Berlin in Germany, to serve its customers in central and eastern Europe. The unit is scheduled to be operational by the first quarter of 2014.

By: Franco Capaldo
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