Midland, Michigan -- Dow Chemical Co. plans to build a 150 kilotonnes-per-annum propylene glycol (PG) plant in Map Ta Phut, Thailand. The facility will use propylene oxide (PO) derived from the new, sustainable hydrogen-peroxide-to-propylene-oxide (HPPO) technology, developed jointly by Dow and BASF SE.
Dow is building an HPPO plant as part of its integrated joint venture liquids cracker and derivatives project in Thailand with Siam Cement Group (SCG).
According to Dow, the Thai PG facility will use a "safe, efficient and more environmentally friendly process" and will be able to make the same high quality glycol products that are produced in other Dow PG manufacturing facilities around the globe.
"The new plant, combined with our new HPPO technology, demonstrates Dow's commitment to our customers in the Asia Pacific region by offering locally sourced propylene glycol for enhanced supply reliability," said John Smith, Propylene Oxide/Propylene Glycols global business director, in a 16 Dec company announcement.
"With these investments, Dow is well-positioned long-term to strategically grow our PG franchise with sustainability and competitiveness in the region."
The company said the investment will enhance support to Dow's customers in the Asia Pacific region for a variety of product applications including pharmaceuticals, food, personal care and more.
Advanced technology for energy reduction and throughput optimisation that was implemented at Dow's Stade, Germany PG site in September 2010 will also be used at the Thailand PG facility. Such technology is, says Dow, "an example of the company's commitment to delivering innovative technologies that address the world's evolving needs by reducing energy consumption and environmental impact, while increasing throughput. "
Dow claims to be a global leader in PO and PG, with PO capacity of more than 2000 ktpa and PG capacity of more than 700 ktpa at five PG plants - one of the world's highest capacity plants in Germany; two facilities in North America; one in Brazil and another in Australia.