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PET Production New PET Production in Russia Applies Uhde Technology

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Uhde supplied process technology for Europe's biggest single-train PET plant in Kaliningrad Russia. The use of the proprietary MTR process helps to cut energy, maintenance and feedstock costs, Uhde says.

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Uhde supplied process technology for Europe's biggest single-train PET facility in Russia. (Picture: Uhde)
Uhde supplied process technology for Europe's biggest single-train PET facility in Russia. (Picture: Uhde)

Kaliningrad/Russia – Uhde Inventa-Fischer just announced the startup of an all new PET production facility in Russian Kaliningrad. Located at Alco-Naphtha JSC’s, the 240,000 tons/year facility is, according to the company, the biggest single-train PET plant in Europe. Uhde, a subsidiary of German ThyssenKrupp, provided permit engineering, the basic and detail engineering, supply of all equipment for the plant and supervision of the erection during construction, installation and commissioning. In addition, the operating personnel were also trained by the German company.

During the project, Inventa-Fischer worked closely together with its Russian sister company OOO Uhde of Dzerzhinsk to provide key local services, such as the local OSBL engineering and permit engineering with strict regard for the statutory regulations.

Uhde's MTR process replaces the cost-intensive solid-state post condensation (SSP) process, thus achieving a significant reduction in energy and maintenance costs combined with low investment costs. The new process also reduces feedstock consumption without affecting the product quality, company officials say. The MTR process is based on the 2-reactor high-viscosity technology developed by Uhde Inventa-Fischer and applies the patented Espree and Discage reactors.

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