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Solvay to build large-scale alkoxylation facility in Texas  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay.com) says it will build and operate a large-scale alkoxylation unit in Pasadena, Texas, at an integrated industrial facility of LyondellBasell’s Equistar Chemicals affiliate, in order to serve a growing North American market. Equistar will supply the ethylene oxide raw material to the unit, in which Solvay will invest nearly €40 million and is expected to be operational in 2015. Alkoxylates are used as emulsifiers, detergents and wetting agents and are the chemical foundation for a wide range of Solvay Novecare specialty surfactants. The on-pipe unit will ensure greater security of alkoxylate supply for North American customers. Following completion, it will bring to eight Novecare’s global alkoxylation plants.  
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