The construction of Evonik’s new hydrogen peroxide plant in Jilin (China) is in good progress. The plant broke ground last April and is scheduled to go online with a planned annual capacity of 230,000 tons in late 2013, in order to ensure the supply of raw materials for the propylene oxide plant under construction at the same time.
“About 90% product from our new plant will be supplied directly to our customer Jishen Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. via dedicated pipelines, while the remaining product will be provided to traditional applications markets,” said Dr. Yutong Zhu, Vice President and General Manager of Advanced Intermediates Business Unit Asia, Evonik Industries. The two companies, Jishen and Evonik have entered into a long-term supply contract for the purpose. Jishen will use the HPPO process which is developed by Evonik and ThyssenKrupp Uhde GmbH to make propylene oxide from hydrogen peroxide. Propylene oxide is used primarily in the manufacture of polyurethane intermediates, and polyurethane in turn goes into the making of products such as car seats and furniture.
The HPPO process is an eco-friendly production process, with a number of stunning features such as excellent environmental tolerability, no market dependence on co-product, a high degree of production efficiency, significantly lower investment requirements, and a high performance catalyst to ensure long-lasting process. Several highlights ensure unmatched performance, especially the patented methods for the most efficient purification of all propylene oxide manufacturing technologies. This only requires one single reactive extractive distillation column and catalyst regeneration in the reactor with the process solvent.
"This is the first–ever large-scale HPPO operation in China jointly established by Evonik, ThyssenKrupp and the licensee, Jishen Chemical Industry Co., Ltd.,” said Dr. Zhu. Talking about more than a hundred million euro investment in Jilin, Dr. Zhu stated that it is a successful project with joint efforts of multiple partners along the whole industrial chain. Such well-developed propylene oxide industrial chain is also the first of its kind in China. "Evonik is willing to transfer our cutting-edge technology to any capable manufacturer, and is committed to achieve win-win situation through cooperation with our customers.” Dr. Zhu added.
The investment in Jilin hydrogen peroxide plant satisfies the demand of propylene oxide in China’s northeast region. And the introduction of innovative HPPO process helps promote the sustainable growth in China.