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First Meteor EO/EG process facility starts up in China

By Gerald Ondrey |

Sinopec-SABIC (Tianjin) Petrochemical Co., Ltd (SSTPC), a joint venture between Sinopec and SABIC, relies on Meteor (Most Effective Technology for Ethylene Oxide Reaction) Process from The Dow Chemical Co. (Dow; Midland, Mich.; www.dow.com) to produce ethylene oxide (EO) / ethylene glycol (EG) at its 40/360 KTA Sinopec Tianjin branch complex. The Tianjin facility has the largest single EO reactor in China. Production at the site began in early February 2010. SSTPC is the first DOW Meteor Process facility in China. “The large scale of the Tianjin project made it a demanding and complex undertaking,” says Joe Bromley, global business director for Dow EO/EG Licensing and Catalyst. “The project’s success is the result of seamless cooperation between Dow and Sinopec. Both teams worked relentlessly to ensure safe and on-time start-up, even as they faced the extreme weather conditions of the coldest winter on record in China in 60 years. Now, Tianjin can be a source of pride for Dow and Sinopec as one of the most technologically advanced EO/EG facilities in China.” Xu Hongxing, president of SSTPC, commended the commitment of both companies and the sharing of expertise in bringing the Tianjin project to fruition.…
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