Ethanol Celanese to Build Ethanol Plants in Nanjing and Zhuhai

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Dallas/USA, Nanjing and Zhuhai/China – Celanese Far East Limited has signed letters of intent to build two ethanol plants in China. One will be at the Nanjing Chemical Industrial Park, and the other at the Gaolan Port Economic Zone in Zhuhai. Celanese says it could begin production within the next 30 months. Each plant will have an initial nameplate capacity of 400,000 tons per year and will cost around USD 300 million. Both plants will use technology newly developed by Celanese to produce industrial ethanol from hydrocarbon-sourced feedstocks, taking advantage of Celanese’s proprietary acetyl platform. To meet future demand, the company says it can more than double plant capacity at a cost significantly less than the original investment. Industrial ethanol is used in the manufacture of paints, coatings, inks and pharmaceuticals. Current demand in China is approximately three million tons per year and is expected to grow at 8–10 percent per year. In September 2007, Celanese officially opened its Nanjing Integrated Chemical Complex. The primary products at the site include

  • acetic acid, vinyl acetate, acetic anhydride, vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer emulsion,
  • Celstran long fiber reinforced thermoplastics,
  • and GUR ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE).

The Nanjing complex is the company’s largest integrated chemical plant, reflecting what Celanese says is a long-term commitment to Asia.