Hydrogen Peroxide Evonik to Build Hydrogen Peroxide Plant in China

Editor: Marion Henig

Germany-based Evonik Industries will build a new production plant for hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in Jilin Province in northeastern China. The Group invests more than one hundred million Euro.

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Dr. Dahai Yu, member of the Evonik Executive Board: "This move is part of our growth strategy that sees us making targeted investments in Asia and that will help us to achieve growth in that region.” (Picture: Evonik)
Dr. Dahai Yu, member of the Evonik Executive Board: "This move is part of our growth strategy that sees us making targeted investments in Asia and that will help us to achieve growth in that region.” (Picture: Evonik)

Jilin/VR China – Scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013, the plant will boast an annual production capacity of 230,000 metric tons, thus increasing Evonik’s current overall annual capacity of around 600.000 tons for H2O2 production by nearly 40 percent. The Group believes it is the world’s second-largest manufacturer of hydrogen peroxide.

Evonik will supply its H2O2 from Jilin directly to the adjacent propylene oxide plant run by Jishen Chemical Industry via a pipeline that will link the two facilities. A long-term supply agreement has already been concluded between the companies. Jishen will use the HPPO process to make propylene oxide from the hydrogen peroxide. Evonik and ThyssenKrupp Uhde GmbH, a Dortmund/Germany-based engineering firm, this summer entered a licensing agreement with Jishen Chemical Industry for its use of this process. Propylene oxide is mainly used in manufacturing polyurethane intermediates. The polyurethanes then go into making things like upholstery for car seats or furniture. The HPPO process was developed by Evonik in collaboration with Uhde.

Second large-scale HPPO operation

In the past, hydrogen peroxide was used mostly as a bleaching agent in the textile and pulp industry. The HPPO process now makes it possible for this environmentally friendly oxidant to be used in the chemical direct synthesis of propylene oxide, too. The HPPO plant in China to use the Evonik-Uhde process will be the second of its kind. The first-ever, large-scale HPPO operation anywhere in the world was jointly established by Evonik, Uhde, and a Korean chemicals company in Ulsan, Korea, in 2008.

“The global demand for HPPO technology is enormous”, says Jan Van den Bergh, head of Evonik’s Advanced Intermediates Business Unit, adding that, “more and more chemicals manufacturers are using hydrogen peroxide as an environmentally friendly oxidant. We’re holding talks all over the world in an effort to further drive forward our growth strategy for hydrogen peroxide by promoting the use of this new technology”. Market forecasts anticipate continual growth of the worldwide market for propylene oxide. Evonik is investing in Jilin with the aim of participating in that growth.

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