AkzoNobel building demo plant for ethylene amines technology in Sweden
AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals has started construction of a prototype plant at its Stenungsund site in Sweden. The plant is set up to showcase more sustainable technology platform for producing ethylene amines and their derivatives from ethylene oxide. The facility marks the next step towards commercialisation of the patented technology.
The new technology will significantly reduce raw material consumption and substantially improve cost and environmental performance when compared with existing processes.
“The demonstration plant is an important step in further maturing the technology, aiming to prove that the technology meets performance expectations on an industrially relevant scale,” said Hendrik van Dam, Innovation Project Manager of AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals’ Ethylene Amines business.
The range of ethylene amines targeted by the new technology platform includes diethylenetriamine (DETA) and triethylenetetramine (TETA), which are key building blocks in a number of growth applications such as epoxy curing, lube oil additives, and oil field chemicals.
“We strongly believe the newly developed technology has the potential to become a game-changer in the industry. In fact, in parallel to the construction of this demonstration plant we have already started to explore options for a world-scale manufacturing facility,” said Werner Fuhrmann, CEO ofAkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals.