Bangkok, Thailand – Dow Chemical’s 200kT/year polyether polyols plant in Rayong has successfully started production, the company announced today (28 April, 2015).
The site will utilise DMC (double metal cyanide) catalyst technology. Products from the site will serve consumer comfort and industrial applications across Southest Asia, China and India, Dow said.
Jirasak Singmaneechai, md of Dow Thailand, said the firm “was setting new performance standards with the cutting edge technologies” in the new plant, which he said, “can reduce the overall footprint of our facility, including energy consumption and waste water generation by 50 to 70% and eliminate 100% of solid waste.”
The project, which was announced in 2006, began with cracker and polyethylene chain developments. It forms part of a global polyols expansion plan which includes a facility in Freeport, Texas – which came online last year – and the Sadara jv with Saudi Aramco, which will see another facility come online in 2016, as well as the company’s Terneuzen site in the Netherlands.