The Woodlands, Texas -- The Performance Products division of Huntsman Corp. announced 4 April its intention to add 250 million lb per annum (113.5 kilotonnes per annum) of ethylene oxide (EO) capacity to its existing one billion pounds (454 ktpa) capacity at its plant in Port Neches, Texas.
Huntsman's announcement said this expansion will allow it to build on the integrated EO derivatives production currently in place at the site to produce surfactants, ethanolamines, speciality chemicals and ethylene glycol (EG).
"The expansion of our ethylene oxide capacity enables Huntsman to leverage the favourable North American ethane cost position, which will benefit our intermediate chemicals and has an attractive projected return on investment," said Stu Monteith, president of Huntsman Performance Products, in the statement.
Janice Latz, vice president of operations for Performance Products, said the company's new EO capacity should help allay customer concerns about having access to sufficient EO to support their growth. "The Port Neches EO reactor will enable us to utilise currently untapped derivative capacity within our assets and meet future needs to match our customers' growth," she said.