25-Jan-2013 - Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS)

PETRONAS and Evonik Industries sign Letter of Intent for projects in Rapid Project

PETRONAS and Evonik Industries AG signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to jointly embark on the development of production facilities of specialty chemicals within PETRONAS’ Refinery & Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project in Pengerang, Johor.

Under the LOI, the two parties will endeavour to form a partnership to jointly own, develop, construct and operate facilities for the production of hydrogen peroxide, C4 co-monomer and oxo-products within RAPID.

The plants are expected to have the capacity to produce 250,000 metric tons of hydrogen peroxide, 220,000 metric tons of isononanol and 110,000 metric tons of 1-butene annually. The hydrogen peroxide will be used on site to produce propylene oxide by the licensed, eco-friendly HPPO process Evonik had jointly developed with ThyssenKrupp Uhde. These projects are expected to come on stream in 2016.

"The entire project is set to mark another milestone in our growth strategy in the Asian market," said Dr. Dahai Yu. "This is why we’re seeking for a strong long-term strategic partner like PETRONAS."

The oxo-alcohol INA is a precursor of the plasticizer DINP (diisononyl phthalate), which is used in soft PVC production. The most important markets and end applications are films, wallpapers, and floorings, in addition to cables and automotive applications.

1-butene is used as a co-monomer for production of the plastic polyethylene. The most important growth regions for 1-butene are China, South-East Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

Hydrogen peroxide is used as a bleaching agent in the paper and textile industries and for eco-friendly oxidation and disinfection.

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