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Sugar-to-PE

By Chemical Engineering |

Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, Mich.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6898-548) and Crystalsev (São Paulo, Brazil; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6898-549) are forming a joint venture in Brazil to design and build the first integrated facility of its scale in the world for making polyethylene (PE) from sugar cane. Production is expected to start in 2011 and will have a capacity of 350,000 m.t./yr. The new facility will use ethanol derived from sugar cane — instead of petroleum-based naphtha or natural gas liquids — to produce ethylene, the raw material for making PE. The new facility will use Dow’s proprietary Solution technology to manufacture Dowlex PE resins.
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