Industrial-Use Ethanol Celanese Plans to Build Plants
Celanese announced its intention to construct manufacturing facilities in China and the U.S. to utilize recently-developed technology for the production of ethanol for chemical applications and other industrial uses.
Dallas, Texas/USA – The new process technology builds on the company’s acetyl platform and integrates new technologies to produce ethanol using basic hydrocarbon feedstocks. The company intends to construct one, and possibly two, industrial ethanol complexes in China to serve the fast-growing Asia region. Initial annual production capacity of each complex is expected to be approximately 400,000 tons. An approximately 40,000 ton industrial ethanol production unit at the Clear Lake facility in Texas is also intended. Construction of the unit is anticipated to begin in mid-2011 and to be completed by the end of 2012. Ethanol’s uses in chemical and industrial applications include the manufacture of paints, coatings, inks and pharmaceuticals.