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Uhde to build the world’s first integrated facility to make biodiesel and fattyalcohols

By Chemical Engineering |

Last month, Thai Oleochemicals Company Ltd. (TOL; Bangkok, Thailand) and Thai Fatty Alcohols Company Ltd. signed a contract with Uhde GmbH (Dortmund, Germany; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6518-531) for the construction of an integrated plant for making 200,000 m.t./yr of methyl ester, 100,000 m.t./yr fatty alcohols and 30,000 m.t./yr of glycerine from palm oil. The methyl ester plant is slated to start up next October, and the fatty alcohol unit will start up in January 2008. The $170-million facility will be located at the Eastern Industrial Estate, Map Ta Phut, Thailand, and will be Thailand’s first biodiesel plant as well as its first to make refined fatty alcohols. The project also represents the first biodiesel-EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contract for Uhde. Feedstock for the new facility will be crude palm oil, crude palm-kernel oil, vegetable oil and used cooking oil. For handling this mixed feed, TOL licensed the process technology of AT-Agrar-Technik GmbH & Co. KG (Schlaitdorf, Germany; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6518-532); additional oil pretreatment is not required because the patented AT-Agrar-Technik process contains an integrated oil-refining process. In the process (flowsheet), vegetable oil…
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