New York -- SCG-Dow Group, a joint venture between Dow and SCG, has ramped its new propylene oxide (PO) facility in Thailand up to stable production levels in preparation for the full capacity run scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2011, according to a statement from Dow Chemical Co.
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 kilotonnes per annum (ktpa) of PO via the hydrogen-peroxide-to-propylene-oxide (HPPO) technology jointly developed by Dow and BASF.
"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," said Holger Baer, global manufacturing and technology director, PO/Propylene Glycol at Dow, in the company's announcement,
He added that the technology is due to be used next in the Sadara Chemicals Co. project between Dow and Saudi Aramco, which was announced earlier this year.