Akzo Nobel Specialty Chemicals has broken ground for a demonstration plant to showcase a more sustainable technology platform for producing ethylene amines and their derivatives from ethylene oxide. Located at its Stenungsund site in Sweden, the facility is to mark the next step towards commercialization of the patented technology.
Amsterdam/The Netherlands — In parallel to the construction the company has already started to explore options for a world-scale manufacturing facility.
The new technology would significantly reduce raw material consumption and substantially improve cost and environmental performance when compared with existing processes, the company announced. The flexibility of the technology is to allow for a selective production of a wide range of end products, enabling the company to expand its amines product offering.
Hendrik van Dam, Innovation Project Manager of Akzo Nobel Specialty Chemicals' Ethylene Amines business, the demonstration plant was an important step in further maturing the technology, aiming to prove that the technology meets performance expectations on an industrially relevant scale. It would also produce significant quantities of final product for customer validation, he said.
The range of ethylene amines targeted by the new technology platform includes diethylenetriamine (Deta) and triethylenetetramine (Teta), which are key building blocks in a number of growth applications such as epoxy curing, lube oil additives, and oil field chemicals.