MIDLAND, Mich. (July 30) — Dow Chemical Co. and Solvay S.A. have agreed to create a joint venture for the construction of a hydrogen peroxide plant in Thailand.
Slated to be operational in 2010, the new facility will serve as a raw material source for the manufacture of propylene oxide. The plant will be the largest in the world, with a capacity of more than 330 kilotons per year of hydrogen peroxide at 100-percent concentration, according to Dow.
The hydrogen peroxide supplying the process is based on Belgium-based Solvay´s proprietary, high-yield hydrogen peroxide technology, the firm said.
In addition, Dow and BASF A.G. are advancing negotiations for the construction of a world-scale, 390 kilotons per year propylene oxide manufacturing facility in Map Ta Phut, Thailand. The new plant would use the hydrogen peroxide to propylene oxide technology jointly developed by Dow and BASF.
"This project would expand our successful cooperation with Dow and Solvay to deploy this innovative HPPO technology in Asia," said Jacques Delmoitiez, president of BASF´s Polyurethanes division.
The Dow and BASF Thailand facility would be the second world-scale plant to use HPPO technology. The first, a 300 KTA Dow and BASF HPPO plant, also supplied by an HP plant based on Solvay´s high yield technology, is currently under construction in Antwerp, Belgium, and is scheduled for start-up in early 2008. Propylene oxide is used to produce propylene glycol, polyurethanes and glycol ethers.