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India’s TCL Specialties to build integrated petrochemicals plant in northeastern U.S.

By Mary Page Bailey |

TCL Specialties LLC, a subsidiary of Thirumalai Chemicals Ltd. (Mumbai, India), has started implementation of its project to build a chemical facility in the northeastern United States. In Phase 1 of the project, TCL will manufacture Maleic Anhydride, Malic Acid and Fumaric acid with an annual capacity of about 40,000 metric tons and cater to customers in North America, Europe and Latin America.

The plant will be fully integrated from butane to fine chemicals, and will be located within the Marcellus/Utica basins. The plant location was selected to be close to large feedstock sources, readily available on-site Utilities & Services, easy access to large markets in the northeastern and midwestern regions of the U.S., connected by good logistics networks. TCL will source equipment from the United States, Europe & India.

Large sections of the plant will be modularly constructed in shops and moved to the site for installation. The Technology, Design & Engineering services for this phase will be provided by TCL’s parent company. The plant is targeted to start operations in late 2023. TCL presently makes a number of petrochemicals (including Phthalic and Maleic Anhydrides) and their derivatives, fine chemicals and food ingredients in India since 1975, and in Malaysia since 1995. The TCL group exports these products to over 35 countries. TCL also recently announced plans and preliminary work to build a 210,000 metric tons/year Phthalic Anhydride and Fine Chemicals plant at its site in Western India.

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