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Inovyn to expand vinyl chloride monomer production in Norway

By Mary Page Bailey |

Inovyn (London, U.K.; www.inovyn.com) announced its intention to deliver a major expansion project at Rafnes Site, Norway.

Through the Project, Inovyn will increase vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) capacity at the Site by around 70,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr), which will be used in the production of vinyls at its Porsgrunn, Stenungsund and Newton Aycliffe sites.

The project will also include investment in an additional 35,000 m.t./yr of membrane electrochemical unit (ECU) capacity to supply caustic soda customers in Scandinavia.

Inovyn has appointed Wood (www.woodplc.com) as the principal Engineering, Procurement & Construction Management (EPCM) Contractor for the VCM investment, which includes installation of a new High Temperature Direct Chlorination process area, a new oxychlorination reactor and various debottlenecking activities. The additional VCM capacity is expected to be on line during Q3 2019.

The EPCM contractor for the ECU investment has yet to be decided. It is expected that the additional ECU volumes will be available from Q1 2020.

Comments Filipe Constant, Business Director Inovyn: “This is a strategically important Project for Inovyn that further demonstrates our commitment to continued innovation and the long-term security of supply to our vinyls and caustic soda customers across key industry sectors.”

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