Germany: Carboxylic Acids Oxea Examines Feasibility of New World-Scale Production Plant
Oxea is studying the feasibility of a new world-scale production plant for the manufacturing of carboxylic acids. At the same time, the company announed measures to further improve and debottleneck its manufacturing processes at its existing carboxylic acid production units.
Monheim am Rhein/Germany — Carboxylic acids are used in the production of synthetic lubricants and as building blocks for the animal feed industry. To support customer growth over the next few years, the company is investing in short and medium-term capacity expansions. For 2019 in particular, the chemicals producer intends to double its historical production capacity of isononanoic acid. The company plans to continue improving and debottlenecking manufacturing processes at its five existing carboxylic acid production units in 2020 in preparation for the goal of bringing a sixth world-scale production plant on stream in 2021.
According to Kyle Hendrix, Global Commercial Director for Carboxylic Acids and Derivatives, the focus is on improving the supply position to support the growth of their customers. The site selection study for the new world-scale production platform has been funded by the company's Board. Basic engineering is slated to begin in the first half of 2019. In addition to existing production sites, Oman and China will also be considered as a potential location for a Carboxylic Acid unit.