Sweden: Ethylene Amines Nouryon Confirms Plans for EA-World-Scale Facility

Editor: MA Alexander Stark

Nouryon has successfully produced the first ethylene amines products in a Swedish demonstration plant, confirming the new technology on an industrially relevant scale and marking the next step towards full commercialization. The company plans to built a world-scale manufacturing facility based on this new technology.

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Nouryon's EA-demo plant in Stenungsund, Sweden
Nouryon's EA-demo plant in Stenungsund, Sweden
(Source: Nouryon)

Amsterdam/The Netherlands; Stenungsund/Sweden — Nouryon has inaugurated a demonstration plant in Stenungsund, Sweden to showcase a novel and more sustainable technology platform to produce ethylene amines and their derivatives. The technology, which is based on ethylene oxide (EO), allows for selective production of a wide range of end products, enabling the company to expand its ethylene amine product offering.

Ethylene amines are key building blocks in several growth applications, including epoxy curing, oil and road additives and wet strength paper resins.

Joppe Smit, General Manager Ethylene Amines at Nouryon said that the ability to extend the EO-based ethylene amines portfolio to selectively produce compounds including diethylenetriamine (Deta), triethylenetetramine (Teta) and other higher amines was a major opportunity. In addition, the new technology would significantly reduce raw material consumption and substantially improve both cost and environmental performance by nearly eliminating all waste when compared with existing processes, he added.

Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) activities for a world-scale manufacturing facility based on this new technology are expected to start by the end of 2019. The company believes that this technology has the potential to become a game-changer in the industry.

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