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Linde starts up new air separation unit at Freeport, Texas

February 14/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Linde PLC announced it has commissioned a new air separation unit (ASU) in Freeport, Texas, as part of a long-term agreement to supply MEGlobal Americas Inc.s new monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant at Oyster Creek petrochemical complex in Freeport, according to Kemicalinfo.

The new ASU will supply oxygen and nitrogen to MEGlobal Oyster Creek for use in its MEG manufacturing process. The ASU also will supply Lindes industrial gas pipeline system, adding new argon capacity, Linde said.
In addition to the ASU, Linde started a new carbon dioxide (CO2) plant in Freeport that will recycle crude CO2 supplied from an unidentified MEGlobal process.

The new ASU and the expansion of our Gulf Coast pipeline system further strengthen Lindes ability to reliably supply customers throughout the region and positions us for future growth in the USGC, said Jeff Barnhard, Lindes vice-president for the US South region.

The details regarding capacities of either the ASU or CO2 plant were not disclosed.

As MRC reported earlier, MEGlobal Americas officially began production at its 750,000 ton per year MEG plant in October last year to meet the growing demand for ethylene glycol products in the US and Asia-Pacific markets, as well as its strategy to expand globally.

MEG is one of the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, the estimated consumption of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in Russia decreased by 16% year on year in December 2019. Russia's overall estimated PET consumption totalled 696,810 tonnes in 2019, up by 1% year on year (690,130 tonnes in 2018). 
MEGlobal Americas is a subsidiary of Equate Petrochemical Co. of Kuwaits Dubai-based MEGlobal International FZE. Established in July 2004, MEGlobal is a world leader in the manufacture and marketing of merchant monoethylene glycol and diethylene glycol (EG).

Equate Petrochemical is an international JV of Kuwaits state-owned Petrochemical Industries Co. (42.5%), Dow (42.5%), Boubyan Petrochemical Co. (9%) and Qurain Petrochemical Industries Co. (6%).
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:monoethylene glycol (MEG), PET-granulate, gas processing, petrochemistry, packaging, Equate Petrochemical, Linde Group, MEGlobal, Russia, USA.
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