Ecogreen Oleochems builds new Indonesia fatty alcohols unit

22 November 2012 20:24 Source:ICIS Chemical Business

Ecogreen Oleochemicals is building a new 180,000 tonne/year fatty alcohol plant in Batam, Indonesia, that is set to double the company's production capacity in the country, the top executive of the Singapore-based company said on Thursday.

Construction of the new plant has begun and the facility is expected to come on stream by the end of 2014, company CEO Teddy Tanzil told ICIS.

Installation of the new plant will be implemented by German engineering, construction and chemical process licensing firm Lurgi and Malaysia-based JJ-Lurgi Engineering, he said.

Ecogreen Oleochemicals currently operates three fatty alcohol plants in Indonesia - two in Batam and another in Medan - with a total production capacity of 180,000 tonnes/year, Tanzil said.

The additional output from the new plant is aimed at tapping the growing demand for fatty alcohols globally, especially in Asia, he added.

Ecogreen Oleochemicals' facilities in Indonesia produce a full range of saturated fatty alcohols, oleyl alcohols, oleic acid, glycerine and specialty esters, Tanzil said.

The company also produces fatty alcohol ethoxylates in Singapore; oleyl alcohols, primary fatty amines, specialies esters and sorbitol powder in Germany; and fatty alcohol ethoxylates, sulphates and specialty esters in France, he said.

Fatty alcohols are mainly used in personal care, home care and industrial detergent products.

Financial details of the new project were not disclosed.

By Nurluqman Suratman