Essen, Germany -- Evonik Industries said 26 Oct that its more than Euro 100-million ($130-million) investment in a hydrogen-peroxide project in Jilin, China, is on schedule: it completed the roof-topping phase of construction at the site on 19 Oct.
Evonik's capacity for hydrogen peroxide will increase by nearly 40 percent when the plants starts up by the end of 2013, with what the company sees as a promising future for the material "as an eco-sensible oxidation agent for the chemicals industry."
Situated in the northeast of the country, the Jilin plant is due to go online in late 2013 and will add capacity for 230 kilotonnes-per- annum of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to Evonik's current 600 ktpa capacity.
"This investment will serve to further consolidate our leading position in the market for hydrogen peroxide and it sees us systematically pursuing our growth strategy in Asia," said Dr Klaus Engel, ceo of Evonik Industries, at the ceremony.
Through a dedicated pipeline, Evonik will supply Jilin H2O2 directly to the neighbouring Jishen Chemical Industry Co. Ltd propylene oxide plant, which will use the HPPO (hydrogen peroxide to PO) route.
Evonik and Jishen have a long-term supply contract.
Propylene oxide is used primarily in the manufacture of polyurethane intermediates, with the polyurethane in turn going into the making of upholstery for car seats and furniture or insulation materials for the construction and refrigeration equipment industry.
"We're registering a high level of global demand for our efficient HPPO process," said Dr Stefan Schulze, head of Innovation at Evonik's Advanced Intermediates Business Unit. "The Jilin facility is a further milestone in the drive to establish hydrogen peroxide as an eco-friendly oxidation agent in chemical synthesis."
Evonik developed the HPPO process in cooperation with ThyssenKrupp Uhde GmbH. The new plant in Jilin will be the second one of this kind to use this technology. The first large-scale facility of this kind was set up by ThyssenKrupp Uhde and the licensee, a Korean chemicals enterprise, in Ulsan, Korea, back in 2008.