Midland, Michigan US - In a 9 June statement Dow has announced that the SCG-Dow Group, a joint-venture between Dow and The Siam Cement Group (SCG), has broken ground on a new propylene oxide plant located in the AIE (Asian Industrial Estates) site near Map Ta Phut in Thailand.
According to Dow the new plant will have a name plate capacity of 390 kilotonne per annum (ktpa) of propylene oxide via the innovative hydrogen-peroxide-to-propylene-oxide (HPPO) technology jointly developed by Dow and BASF. The plant will also produce propylene glycol and is expected to come online in 2011, the company said.
As previously announced in July 2007 Dow and Solvay S.A. will build a new hydrogen peroxide (HP) plant within the AIE to supply raw materials to the new propylene oxide (PO) plant. Dow said in the statement that the new HP plant will be the largest in the world, producing 330 ktpa of HP at 100-percent concentration.
The HP plant, due to come online shortly before the new PO plant, will supply both the new PO plant and Solvay regional subsidiary Peroxythai Ltd. Feedstock for the PO plant will come from the SCG-Dow joint-venture liquids cracker also located at Map Ta Phut, scheduled for completion in 2010.
"These plants represent a significant strategic investment by Dow in Thailand for the long-term. Moreover, they will support the continued growth of Dow's performance businesses, such as polyurethanes, by ensuring that customers who rely on us for materials will be better equipped to compete in their local markets. Together with BASF, Solvay and SCG, we continue to create sustainable solutions for the production of PO that delivers greater energy, a reduced physical footprint, and improved environmental performance while also providing attractive economics," said Pat Dawson, president of Dow Polyurethanes.