Dow Epoxy today announced Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) as the site for its world-scale 150,000-MTPA glycerine-to-epichlorohydrin (GTE) plant and 100,000-MTPA liquid epoxy resins (LER) plant. Both plants are expected to start up in the 2009-2010 timeframe.
Today’s announcement follows the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) by Dow Epoxy with SCIP, and an additional LOI with Shanghai Chlor-Alkali Chemical (SCAC) and its subsidiary Shanghai Tianyuan Group Huasheng Chemical (TYHSC) for the supply of critical raw materials for the GTE and LER plants.
The world-scale GTE facility will be the first to use Dow’s innovative and proprietary GTE technology, which uses a renewable resource – glycerine from bio-diesel – to produce epichlorohydrin. This technology is said to provide significant cost and environmental advantages versus the conventional process technologies. In 2006 Dow launched a stand alone, full-process GTE demonstration unit at its Stade site in Germany.
Dow Epoxy first announced its plan to build the GTE and LER plants as part of its investment plan to support rapid growth in China and the broader Asia Pacific region in August 2006.