Sweden: Surface Chemistry Nouryon to Double Surfactants Capacity at Stenungsund Site
Nouryon will double capacity at its surfactants plant in Stenungsund, Sweden. The $ 13.3-million expansion and upgrade project includes the installation of a new reactor and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2021.
Amsterdam/The Netherlands — By increasing its surfactants capacity in Stenungsund, Nouryon wants to expand production of several technologies for the oil and gas market. These include Armohib CI-5150, a corrosion inhibitor that meets stringent environmental requirements, as well as a new range of biodegradable demulsifiers that is to give oil and gas producers a more sustainable option to separate crude oil from natural gas and water.
The design of the new reactor at the site in Sweden is to allow for a wide range of chemistries and technologies, including those required for creating more sustainable ingredients. The expansion also allows Nouryon to increase output of products including Berol R648NG, a biodegradable surfactant used as a degreaser by customers in the cleaning market. It will also produce surfactants used in the lubricants and fuels and asphalt markets.
The Stenungsund project is the latest in a series of investments by the company in Sweden to meet growth in customer demand. The company recently completed a $ 22-million project at Sundsvall that significantly raises production capacity for its Expancel expandable microspheres, and earlier this year completed a $ 4.4-million expansion of surface-modified colloidal silica at Bohus.