Ak­zoNo­bel build­ing demo plant for ethy­lene amines tech­nol­ogy in Sweden

Chemical Industry Digest - - News & Views -

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.

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