10/11/2011

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SCG-Dow Group reaches milestone toward new HPPO plant start-up

The world-scale plant, located within the Asia Industrial Estates (AIE) site near Map Ta Phut, Thailand, will have a name plate capacity of 390 kt/y of PO via the hydrogen peroxide to propylene oxide (HPPO) technology jointly developed by Dow and BASF. "The Map Ta Phut, Thailand, HPPO plant cements Dow's existing position as the global capacity leader in PO,” explained Steven English, Global Vice President, Dow Polyurethanes. "Not only does this large investment exemplify Dow's commitment to the PO-based industry, we also continue to bring value by investing in the latest technology and offering a more sustainable PO to our customers and our downstream offerings through Dow's other Performance and Advanced Materials businesses, such as Polyurethanes and Propylene Glycol.” According to Holger Baer, Global Manufacturing and Technology Director, PO/PG, "Within three years, this is the second world-scale plant brought on-line with the innovative Dow-BASF HPPO process. It significantly reduces wastewater and energy consumption compared to existing PO technology, and is planned to be utilised next in the Sadara Chemical Company project between Dow and Saudi Aramco due to the clear demonstration of the advantages of this process.” "The start-up of this PO plant has completed the downstream envelope of the SCG-DOW Group joint venture cracker in Thailand which came on-stream last year,” said Cholanat Yanaranop, President, SCG Chemicals Company Limited. "With commitment between the partners, this is proved to be another successful project.” In June of 2010, Dow and BASF received a "2010 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award” for the jointly developed HPPO technology - recognised as a breakthrough technology that transfers sustainability principles from the research lab into the real world to enable environmentally responsible and economically viable routes to commercial chemical manufacturing. In 2009, Dow and BASF received the Institution of Chemical Engineers' (IChemE) "Innovation and Excellence Award in Core Engineering” for their jointly developed HPPO Technology - recognised as the process that best demonstrates a chemical engineering solution to improve resource efficiency, lifetime value and/or process optimisation. In December 2010, Dow announced plans to build a propylene glycol (PG) plant at the Map Ta Phut, Thailand site, with a production capacity of 150 kt/y. The PG plant is currently on-track in the design process, and will utilise the PO from the new HPPO plant. It will be the largest PG plant in the Pacific area. The AIE site also features a speciality elastomers plant, which announced start-up earlier this year; power utilities and infrastructure; and a new liquids cracker, also jointly owned by SCG and Dow. "The new integrated Thailand site serves as a strategic source point for all of Asia Pacific, and demonstrates Dow's commitment to growing our presence to serve customers in our Performance Materials and Performance Plastics businesses across the area,” said Pat Dawson, Dow Asia Pacific President.

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