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Linde starts up gases plants in Texas to supply Celanese and other customers

July 09/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Linde has announced that it has started up a state-of-the-art hydrogen and carbon monoxide facility in Clear Lake, Texas (TX), as well as a new air separation unit in LaPorte, TX. The plants will supply oxygen, nitrogen and carbon monoxide to Celanese, under a previously announced long-term agreement, and hydrogen to other customers via Lindes US Gulf Coast pipeline system, according to Hydrocarbonengineering.

The new air separation unit is also connected to Lindes nitrogen and oxygen pipeline network which enables safe and reliable supply to Celanese as well as other customers in the area.

"We are proud to be a key supplier to Celanese and further strengthen our relationship through various long-term projects with this world-class company," said Jeff Barnhard, Vice President South Region, Linde. "The new plants, along with our pipeline network, are uniquely positioned to safely and reliably supply Celanese and other valued customers in the US Gulf Coast. These projects will also support our merchant liquid business customers in the region."

As MRC reported earlier, Celanese Corporation, a global chemical and specialty materials company, has raised July list and off-list selling prices for Vinyl Acetate Monomer (VAM) sold in the Americas. The price increases below are effective for orders shipped on or after 1 July 2020, or as contracts otherwise allow, and are incremental to any previously announced increases. Thus, VAM prices rose, as follows:

     - by USD0.05/lb - for the USA and Canada;
     - by USD125/mt - for Mexico & South America.

VAM is the main feedstock for the production of ethylene-vinyl-acetate (EVA).

According to MRC's DataScope report, April EVA imports to Russia dropped by 5,85% year on year to 3,050 tonnes from 3,250 tonnes a year earlier, and overall imports of this grade of ethylene copolymer into the Russian Federation increased in January-April 2020 by 1,55% year on year to 12,540 tonnes (12,350 tonnes a year earlier).

Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. Based in Dallas, Celanese employs approximately 7,700 employees worldwide and had 2019 net sales of USD6.3 billion.


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Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:North America, South America, vinilacetat, EVA, copolymer, ethylene, gas processing, petrochemistry, Celanese, Linde Group, Rossiya, USA.
Category:General News
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