Avan­tium be­gins construction of bio-based MEG demon­stra­tion plant in Nether­lands

Chemical Industry Digest - - News & Views -

Avan­tium N.V. has started construction of a new demon­stra­tion plant that will help ad­vance the pro­duc­tion of bio-based mo­noethy­lene gly­col ( MEG) made di­rectly from re­new­able sug­ars in Nether­lands.

As MEG is a com­po­nent for mak­ing ev­ery­day con­sumer goods, such as PET and PEF plas­tics and polyester tex­tiles, the de­vel­op­ment of an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly plant-based al­ter­na­tive has strong po­ten­tial.

The novel sin­gle-step process can fi­nally ful­fil this de­mand in an en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able man­ner that both con­sumers and lead­ing brands have been seek­ing. The new plant will use Avan­tium’s pioneer­ing Mekong tech­nol­ogy to con­vert re­new­able sug­ars into bio- based MEG. The plant will be op­er­a­tional in 2019.

The ob­jec­tives of the demon­stra­tion plant are to scale up the novel bio-MEG tech­nol­ogy, val­i­date the tech­ni­cal and eco­nomic fea­si­bil­ity of the process, and to col­lect data to ex­e­cute an en­vi­ron­men­tal life-cy­cle anal­y­sis (LCA) quan­ti­fy­ing the sus­tain­abil­ity ben­e­fits of the Avan­tium tech­nol­ogy.

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