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Plant Watch February 2019

By Mary Page Bailey |

Plant Watch Lotte BP Chemical to expand petrochemicals production in Ulsan January 14, 2019 — BP plc (London; www.bp.com) and Lotte Chemical Corp. (Seoul, South Korea; www.lottechem.com) have agreed to significantly expand production capacity at their joint venture (JV), Lotte BP Chemical Co., in Ulsan, South Korea. The expansion is expected to add 100,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of acetic acid capacity by May 2019 and to double the current 200,000-m.t./yr vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) capacity with the addition of a second VAM plant by the end of 2020. The new expansion will bring total production capacity at the site to over 1 million m.t./yr.   Aemetis completes expansion of biodiesel plant in India January 11, 2019 — Aemetis, Inc. (Cupertino, Calif.; www.aemetis.com) has completed a two-year upgrade of its Kakinada, India biodiesel and glycerin plant. The upgrades included: installation of a pretreatment unit to process lower-cost and waste feedstock into oil; expansion of boiler and other utility capacities; and implementation of environmental systems to enable full production of 50 million gal/yr of biodiesel and bio-oil.   Shell starts production at new petrochemicals unit in Louisiana January 7, 2019…
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