01/10/2012 | Editor: Dominik Stephan
Dow's Thai propylene oxide business has successfully completed a first full capacity performance test. The cooperation with the Siam Cement Group is thereby ready to enter production on a full scale status, speakers confirmed.
Midland, Michigan/USA; Bangkok/Thailand – Dow's cooperation with Thai Siam Cement Group kicks of with a successful startup of its propylene oxide (PO) at Map Ta Phut. Full capacity performance tests have been completed successfully, company speakers confirmed. “Despite some anticipated challenges, the commitment of people from various functions has delivered a successful project. This HPPO plant will add value to propylene from the joint venture cracker in Thailand,” Cholanat Yanaranop, President of SCG Chemicals, agreed. Company officials noted that both the quick completion of the plant as well as yield and product quality exceeded expectations.
The facility with a name plate capacity of 390 kilotons per annum (KTA) of PO uses Dow's innovative hydrogen peroxide to propylene oxide (HPPO) technology. "The successful start-up of this environmentally advanced and complex technology shows the innovation power, project execution and operational strength of Dow,” said Holger Baer, global manufacturing and technology director, Dow Propylene Oxide/Propylene Glycol.
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