Midland, Michigan -- Dow Chemical Co. said 4 Jan that the SCG-Dow Group, a joint venture between Dow and Siam Cement Group, has started-up its new 390-kilotonnes-per-annum propylene oxide (PO) facility in Thailand, successfully completing a full capacity performance test.
The world-scale plant, located within the Asia Industrial Estates site near Map Ta Phut, Thailand, uses the innovative hydrogen-peroxide-to-propylene-oxide (HPPO) technology.
"The successful start-up of this environmentally advanced and complex technology shows the innovation power, project execution and operational strength of Dow," said Holger Baer, global manufacturing and technology director, Dow Propylene Oxide/Propylene Glycol, in the company's announcement.
Dow reached a key milestone in October 2011 when the plant achieved stable production levels. A full capacity run was completed 22 Nov 2011 - only two months after starting raw material feeds to this new plant. Additionally, the plant exceeded expectations for all quality and yield performance parameters.
"Dow's investment in this new facility strategically enhances its existing position as the global capacity leader in PO and better positions its derivative businesses such as polyurethanes and propylene glycol," said Steven English, global vice president, Dow Polyurethanes, in the announcement.
Cholanat Yanaranop, president of SCG Chemicals Co. Ltd, added that, "Despite some anticipated challenges, the commitment of people from various functions has delivered a successful project. This HPPO plant will add value to propylene from the joint venture cracker in Thailand."