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Solvay commissions the world’s largest H2O2 plant in Thailand  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay.com) announced today that MTP HPJV (Thailand) Ltd, its hydrogen peroxide joint venture (JV) with The Dow Chemical Co., has successfully commissioned the largest hydrogen peroxide  plant in the world. The production process of the new plant in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, is based on Solvay’s proprietary, high-yield H2O2 technology that enables such unique, large-scale plants to benefit from advantages in both specific investment and production costs. Solvay’s H2O2 technology also brings significant environmental advantages such as reductions in energy consumption and in wastewater. The plant has a capacity of over 330,000 ton/yr of H2O2 (at 100% concentration) and serves mainly as a captive raw material source for the manufacture of propylene oxide (PO) by Dow and Siam Cement Group (SCG). Propylene oxide is primarily used to produce propylene glycol, polyurethanes and glycol ethers. It is the second world-scale H2O2 plant dedicated to PO production, the first being the 230,000-ton/yr H2O2 plant (Antwerp, Belgium) commissioned at the end of 2008, which serves a Dow and BASF HPPO plant. Producing PO with H2O2 offers unique and sizeable economic and environmental…
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