Oxea announced that their new world-scale propanol production unit at its Bay City site in Texas, USA, is mechanically complete.
Monheim am Rhein/Germany — The new facility Propanol 2 is now being commissioned and is scheduled for commercial production in the third quarter of 2018. With a nameplate capacity of 100,000 mt per annum of propanol, Propanol 2 is currently one of the company's largest investment projects. An advanced proprietary process technology is to improve process stability in the new unit, achieving an higher product quality, the company stated. Furthermore, Propanol 2 would produce less undesirable byproducts due to optimized and more efficient production.
Despite challenges like delays due to Hurricane Harvey, the construction of the facility is currently ahead of schedule and within budget, Markus Heuwes, Propanol 2 Project Director at Oxea. Naoko Roth, Oxea’s Marketing Director US Oxo Intermediates, Propanol 2 has been constructed in line with the long-term selective growth strategy driven by CEO, Dr Salim Al Huthaili, and would be a game changer to the markets. With the additional capacity, the company can expand further into existing and future growth markets.