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Nouryon to double surfactants capacity in Sweden

September 03/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Nouryon (former AkzoNobel) will double capacity at its surfactants plant in Stenungsund, Sweden to support the growth of several existing products as well as new sustainable technologies for markets including oil and gas, lubricants and fuels, and asphalt, as per the company's press release.

The EUR12-million expansion and upgrade project includes the installation of a new reactor and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2021.

The additional capacity will allow Nouryon to expand production of several innovative technologies for the oil and gas market. These include Armohib CI-5150, a corrosion inhibitor that meets the industrys most stringent environmental requirements, as well as a new range of biodegradable demulsifiers that will give oil and gas producers a more sustainable option to separate crude oil from natural gas and water.

"Our customers are looking for more innovative and environmentally-conscious solutions that offer better biodegradability, lower toxicity, and meet the latest regulations," said AB Ghosh, Managing Director Surface Chemistry at Nouryon. "The design of this new reactor allows 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 unique 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.

Nouryon CEO Charlie Shaver added: "We started producing surfactants at our Stenungsund site in 1917. Over the past 102 years, the facility has proven to be key to our growth and the investment to double capacity there makes good business sense. We are now well positioned to meet the growing demand from our customers for more sustainable products."

The Stenungsund project is the latest in a series of investments by Nouryon in Sweden to meet growth in customer demand. The company recently completed a EUR20 million project at Sundsvall that significantly raises production capacity for its Expancel expandable microspheres, and earlier this year completed a EUR4 million expansion of surface-modified colloidal silica at Bohus.

As MRC informed before, Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) has licensed its innovative continuous initiator dosing (CiD) technology to Karpatnaftochim, Ukraines largest polyvinyl chloride (PVC) producer. Nouryons patented CiD technology allows PVC producers to increase reactor output by up to 40E, improve product quality, and make the production process intrinsically safer all with minimum capital expenditure.

Karpatneftekhim is one of the largest enterprises of Ukraine's petrochemical complex. Currently, the plant can produce annually 300,000 tonnes of PVC, 200,000 tonnes of caustic soda, about 180,000 tonnes of chlorine, as well as 250,000 tonnes of ethylene and 100,000 tonnes of polyethylene.

According to ICIS-MRC Price report, Karpatneftekhim reduced its capacity utilisation in July, its total production fell to 14,500 tonnes from 20,800 tonnes a month earlier. Overall PVC production in the country reached 126,800 tonnes in the first seven months of 2018, down 1% year on year.


mrcplast.com
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PVC, adhesives, Akzo Nobel Functional Chemicals BV, Nouryon, Karpatneftekhim, Ukraine, Sweden.
Category:General News
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