USA: $ 90 Million Investment Arkema Upgrades its Clear Lake Acrylics Facility

Editor: Alexander Stark

Arkema is investing US$ 90 million on its Clear Lake Texas site to replace existing acrylic acid production units with modern facilities.

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Arkema's plant of acrylics at Clear Lake in Texas (US)
Arkema's plant of acrylics at Clear Lake in Texas (US)
(Source: Arkema)

Clear Lake/USA — Arkema intends to position the Clear Lake site among the most competitive in North America while meeting growing demand in the region. As part of its operational excellence program, Arkema has launched a project which will replace two 45 kt/year acrylic acid reactors at the end of their life with a single 90 kt/year reactor at its Clear Lake site.

The new unit is expected to come on stream by mid-2019. At completion of this program, Clear Lake's total acrylic acid production capacity will be 270 kt/year. With this investment the company wants to strengthen its position to meet the growing demand in markets such as superabsorbents, coatings and adhesives, polymers for water treatment, and enhanced oil and gas recovery.

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