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January 2018 Business News

By Mary Page Bailey |

Plant Watch Covestro invests in debottlenecking and chlorine supply at Tarragona site December 11, 2017 — Covestro AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.covestro.com) will invest around €200 million in improvement projects at its production site in Tarragona, Spain, including construction of an onsite chlorine-production plant and a debottlenecking project to increase methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) production by 50,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) to 220,000 m.t./yr. The chlorine plant is planned to start up in 2020, and the debottlenecking will occur through 2022.   NOVA announces plans for cracker expansion and new PE plant in Sarnia December 8, 2017 — NOVA Chemicals Corp. (Calgary, Alta., Canada; www.novachem.com) announced two significant capital-investment projects in the Sarnia-Lambton region of Ontario, Canada. The expansion of NOVA Chemicals’ Corunna cracker by approximately 50% will provide ethylene for a new polyethylene (PE) production facility. The new plant is designed to increase NOVA Chemicals’ PE production capacity by approximately 450,000 m.t./yr. Site preparations are currently underway for both projects, with startup targeted for late 2021.   Clariant selected by Xuzhou HaiDing for new…
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