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Pörner announces startup of Metafrax formalin plant in Russia

| By Mary Bailey

Pörner Group (Vienna, Austria) announced that Metafrax successfully commissioned and started up a new Dynea fasil formalin plant in Gubakha, Russia together with its licensor Dynea AS. Pörner Grimma supported Dynea AS as an engineering partner for the piping and electrical design, during the two-and-a-half-year project duration.

On October 23rd, 2021, the reaction in the reactor for formaldehyde synthesis started after the raw material, methanol, was delivered. Thus, the new 55% silver formalin production plant in Gubakha / Russia commenced operation successfully. After the first test run, Alexandr Vdovin, technical director of PJSC Metafrax Chemicals, is pleased: “The result is a final product that meets the quality standard.”


The third Metafrax formalin plant in Gubakha put into operation (Source: Pörner)

Dynea AS signed a Design, Supply and License contract with Metafrax in April 2019 for a new Dynea fasil formalin plant. This is the second plant Metafrax has licensed from Dynea AS, The new plant with a capacity of 180,000 ton/yr of 55% formalin was integrated into the newly built paraformaldehyde-formalin production complex. With this, Metafrax is increasing its internal methanol processing capacity to 450,000 ton/yr. In the future, Metafrax will primarily supply the produced formalin to Metadynea in Gubakha, where it will be used to produce resins, and for its production of pentaerythritol and hexamine. 

 Dynea AS, headquartered in Lillerstrom, Norway signed an engineering and procurement (EP) contract with Pörner Grimma for the preparation of the 3D plant model, piping design, electrical design and supplied the piping material as well as the MCC (Motor Control Center).

Specialized knowledge of plants for the production of formalin and formalin derivatives made Pörner in Grimma the suitable engineering partner. Furthermore, the Pörner engineers are already familiar with Metafrax, as they have realized several projects for the company founded in 1955. This includes a formalin plant (2006), a novolak and powder bakelite plant (Orekhovo-Zuevo, 2009), a polyamide 6 plant (2009), and a hexamine plant (2011), as well as various projects for the Austrian subsidiary Metadynea Austria.