Midland, Michigan - Dow Chemical Co. said its new integrated facility for speciality alkanolamines, constructed by its Amines business in Plaquemine, Louisiana, has "passed all design tests and is now fully operational and producing products to Dow specifications."
This production unit is unique among North American amines facilities in producing both isopropanolamine (IPA) and alkyl alkanolamine (AAA) products.
"The new facility will give Dow extensive mix flexibility in the production of amine products to better meet the changing needs of isopropanolamines and alkyl alkanolamines customers," said Jennifer Zamora, global product marketing manager, Dow Isopropanolamines and Alkyl Alkanolamines.
It also reduces the amount of co- and by-products, "which results in greater overall efficiency," Zamora added.
On-site production of key raw materials - ethylene and propylene oxides - at Plaquemine further enhances the competitiveness of the new plant, she continued.
Isopropanolamines are typically used in agriculture, coatings, rubber, surfactants, and gas-treating applications, among others. Alkyl alkanolamines are used in solvents for purifying natural gas and refinery gas streams. They are also intermediates in the synthesis of numerous products including pharmaceuticals, fabric softeners and coatings.
Dow Amines has facilities in North America, (Plaquemine and Hahnville, Louisiana; Freeport and Seadrift, Texas), Europe (Terneuzen, The Netherlands), as well as in Asia Pacific at Optimal Chemicals (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, a joint venture of Union Carbide Corp. and Petroliam Nasional Berhad.