USA: Propanol Production Oxea Starts Construction of Further Propanol Unit in Bay City

Editor: Alexander Stark

Oxea has started to build a second world-scale propanol unit at its production site at Bay City, Texas, USA.

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Oxea's Bay City Plant
Oxea's Bay City Plant
(Source: Oxea)

Bay City/USA — The new unit “Propanol 2” is scheduled to come on stream in 2018. Once commissioned, it will add a capacity of 100,000 mt/year of propanol and 40,000 mt/year of propionaldehyde.

As Oxea is finalizing the detailed engineering phase, construction of the new plant has commenced. Site preparation, including demolition of existing foundations from previously retired equipment, and the construction of temporary project facilities has been completed. Current activities are focused on starting the execution of civil construction and completing the bid processes for the remaining construction work, primarily mechanical, and instrumentation and electrical.

“This project reflects our long-term selective growth strategy. It helps us reinforce our strong position as the largest producer of propanol worldwide. Propanol 2 will provide Oxea with opportunities for further expansion into profitable growth areas,” commented Purnendu Rai, Executive Vice President Global Sales and Oxo-Intermediates.

The chemical company has awarded the construction management contract for the Propanol 2 project to Jacobs Engineering. Services include delivering pre-construction planning and construction management services. “We are delighted to work with Oxea on this strategically important project,” said Jacobs Senior Vice President Downstream Mark Bello. “Our experience and lessons learned while executing similar U.S. Gulf Coast construction projects will contribute to the success of this important expansion.”

Propanol is used to manufacture products mainly ending up in printing inks, coatings, adhesives, and pharmaceuticals applications. Propionaldehyde finds uses in pharmaceutical applications and the production of food preservatives, plasticizers, plastics, and rubber chemicals.

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