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ACHEMA 2012: Trend Report Plant Engineering

Plant Engineering Between Individual Solutions and Container Modules

| Author / Editor: Dechema / Matthias Back

...production can be expanded to multiple containers. Using this approach, lab development and basic engineering can take place in parallel which saves time. The company has been producing silane compounds using a compact Evotrainer at its German Rheinfelden site since 2010.

Chemiepark Marl Uses New Allround–Containers

Under the umbrella of the EU Copiride research project, the company has been investigating ways of designing highly compact production systems in partnership with the european Universities of Eindhoven and Stuttgart and the Institut für Mikrotechnik (Institute for Microtechnology, IMM) in Mainz, Germany. A multi-purpose container is expected to be ready this year for industrial-scale production of a special polymer at the Marl Chemical Park.

Container-scale chemical production may hold a lot of promise, but customized multi-product solutions will also continue to have a place in the future production landscape. However, the budgets on these projects are normally so tight that little room is left for “future options“. The production assets are tailored exactly to the intended application.

Summary: Three years after the world economic crisis, there is plenty of work to do in the chemical plant engineering and construction sector. The heavy workload is forcing engineering departments at chemical companies to forge strategic partnerships with traditional EPCs. To improve the sustainability and energy efficiency of the facilities which are currently on the drawing board, the industry is not only building world-scale plants on green field sites. They are also taking increasing advantage of integrated energy and raw material flows at chemical parks. Customized plant design remains the norm. There is no sign yet of modularization and standardization to any significant extent. Continued development of conventional production techniques in recent years has led to a series of quantum leaps in innovation. Strategies for modular, container-size production are currently under development in the special chemicals sector.

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* This trend report was compiled by international specialised journalists on behalf of the chemical industry association DECHEMA.

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