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Dow plans new PG plant in Thailand

By Gerald Ondrey |

The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Mich.; www.dow.com) plans to build a propylene glycol (PG) plant in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, with a production capacity of up to 150,000 ton/yr. The new PG facility will utilize propylene oxide (PO) derived from the new, sustainable hydrogen peroxide to propylene oxide (HPPO) technology, developed jointly by Dow and BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com). The HPPO plant is being constructed as part of the integrated joint venture liquids cracker and derivatives project in Thailand with Siam Cement Group (SCG; www.scg.co.th). The Thailand PG facility will use a safe, efficient and more environmentally friendly process and will have the capability to provide the same high quality glycol products that are produced in other Dow PG manufacturing facilities around the globe. This investment will greatly enhance support to Dow’s customers in the Asia Pacific region for a variety of product applications including pharmaceuticals, food, personal care and more. In addition, the advanced energy reduction and throughput optimization technology that was implemented at Dow’s Stade, Germany PG site in September 2010 will also be implemented at the new Thailand PG facility. The advanced technology…
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