Essen, Germany -- Chemicals group Evonik held a ceremony 21 April 2012 to mark the groundbreaking for its new hydrogen peroxide plant in China.
The plant is scheduled to go online at the end of 2013, with a planned capacity of 230 kilotonnes per annum (ktpa). This will increase Evonik's current overall capacity to around 600 ktpa of H2O2 - or by nearly 40 percent.
Evonik Industries recently founded Evonik Specialty Chemicals (Jilin) Co. Ltd (ESCJ) to run the new facility and will supply its H2O2 from Jilin directly to the adjacent propylene oxide (PO) plant run by Jishen Chemical Industry Co. Ltd, via a pipeline that will link the two facilities.
A long-term supply agreement is in place between these companies. Jishen will use the so-called HPPO (hydrogen-peroxide-to-PO) process to make PO from the hydrogen peroxide.
Propylene oxide is used chiefly to make polyurethane intermediates, with the polyurethanes used in making, for example, foam for car seats or furniture.
The HPPO process was developed by Evonik in collaboration with ThyssenKrupp Uhde GmbH.
"Our investment in Jilin is an excellent example of our strategy to develop innovative technology to access new sales markets for hydrogen peroxide," said Jan Van den Bergh, the head of Evonik's Advanced Intermediates Business Unit, in the announcement.
This move is also "part of a growth strategy that sees us making targeted investments in Asia, and that will help us to achieve growth in that region," he added.
The HPPO plant in China will be the second of its kind, following the first-ever large-scale HPPO operation anywhere in the world by Evonik, ThyssenKrupp Uhde and a Korean chemicals company (the licensee) in Ulsan, Korea, in 2008."