Midland, Michigan -Dow Polyurethanes is moving forward with the engineering phase of the nameplate capacity expansion of its polyols plant in Terneuzen, The Netherlands, announced in March this year. Jacobs Engineering, a design contract firm based in The Netherlands, will handle the engineering side of the project, with work beginning on the expansion in early 2008 and completed soon after, the company said in a 17 Sept announcement. The move will raise polyols production at the facility by 180 kilotonnes per annum. "This significant polyols expansion underscores Dow's commitment to strengthen its position in Europe, with a focus on driving the growth of its Performance businesses throughout the region," said Doug Warner, business director for polyols, Dow Polyurethanes, in the Dow statement."Our decision to undertake an expansion at this facility is driven by demand for Dow polyols in downstream markets and strong customer interest in our speciality polyols and polyurethanes systems products."Dow Polyurethanes also recently announced plans to add 130 million pounds - about 59 kilotonnes - of annual capacity for speciality mix polyols at its plant in Freeport, Texas. This added capacity, scheduled to come on stream in early 2009, "will support growing demand for end-use polyurethanes products and polyurethane systems formulations in North America," the company said. Dow pointed out that it will source raw materials for the polyols to be made at Terneuzen from the 300 ktpa joint Dow/BASF propylene oxide facility currently under construction in Antwerp, Belgium. That facility, using a new route based on hydrogen peroxide, is scheduled to come online in 2008. "