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Haldor Topsoe to build catalyst plant in Texas

By Gerald Ondrey |

Haldor Topsoe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark) will build a 15,000-ton/yr hydroprocessing-catalyst plant at the company’s existing Bayport production site in Pasadena, Harris County, Texas. The plant will increase production capacity of Topsoe’s TK catalyst family to meet increasing demand, both in traditional petroleum refining and for use with Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology for production of renewable diesel and jet fuel. The plant is expected to be fully operational in the first half of 2023.

“We are happy to announce this significant investment which will reduce lead time and secure stable deliveries of Topsoe’s top-tier hydroprocessing catalysts to our customers in the U.S. and globally. We see increasing demand for our refining catalysts driven by an increasing global demand for clean fuels as well as the surge in renewable diesel production using our world-leading HydroFlex technology and our proprietary renewable fuel catalysts,” says Amy Hebert, chief commercial officer, Topsoe.

The increased production capacity will also help meet growing demand for Topsoe’s hydroprocessing catalysts in the Middle East and South-East Asia.

“We are proud to be a member of the innovative and expanding business community in Harris County. Topsoe has a long-standing presence in Bayport where our plant has been in operation for more than 50 years. With this expansion, our operations here are secured for years to come, and the area will benefit from new jobs directly at the facility, as well as more business for our local service providers,” says Hebert.

The new refining catalyst plant is an important step forward in the work to achieve Topsoe’s vision — to be recognized as the global leader in carbon emission reduction technologies by 2024.

“I am always looking for opportunities that strengthen our local economy and that also get people working in good-paying jobs. I am proud of this partnership between Harris County and Haldor Topsoe to build a new facility in the Pasadena-area of Precinct 2” says Adrian Garcia, Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner. “This project is the first under our newly adopted Economic Development Guidelines. We are also always supportive of new innovative methods of cleaner energy production, so this project satisfies a number of my goals for industry that decides to make its home in Precinct 2,” says Garcia.

“This is a huge win for the region and the new TK hydroprocessing catalyst manufacturing plant should be viewed as critical infrastructure to support the world’s largest petrochemical complex. Its production will meet a growing global market demand coinciding with decades of unprecedented capital investment that has taken advantage of North America’s abundant low-cost and clean burning natural gas.  With a 7-to-1 indirect job creation of high-paying careers, it is the type of project that further strengthens our economy in the Houston Port Region,” says Chad Burke, president & CEO, Economic Alliance Houston Port Region.

“Today’s exciting announcement from Haldor Topsoe to expand operations in Bayport with a new TK hydroprocessing catalyst plant serves as another prime example of the region’s leadership in the global energy transition to a low-carbon world. Houston has the expertise and built infrastructure necessary to produce and transport Haldor Topsoe’s hydroprocessing catalyst to customers in the U.S. and globally. We thank Haldor Topsoe for their continued investment in the Houston region,” says Susan Davenport, chief economic development officer, Greater Houston Partnership.


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