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6 February 2019

Braskem and Haldor Topsoe start up demo unit for developing renewable MEG

The mechanical completion of the innovative first process step of the demonstration plant is the first milestone to be achieved by Braskem and Haldor Topsoe’s partnership to validate the MOSAIK™ sugar-to-biochemicals solution for production of cost-competitive bio-based MEG (monoethylene glycol). Currently, MEG is made from fossil-based feedstocks, such as naphtha, gas or coal. The demonstration plant is expected to produce more than 100 tons per year of glycolaldehyde, the precursor for MEG, when it begins operation on March 1, 2019. MEG is a key component of PET plastic used for food packaging, especially bottles, and polyester fabrics. The global MEG market represents a value of 25 billion dollars.

Casale and Borsodchem, a subsidiary of Wahua Chemical Group (China) have sealed a contract for the supply of a new 660 MTD, nitric acid plant at the Kazincbarcika factory in Hungary. The plant will produce 68% strength acid and it is based on Casale’s NA2000 dual-pressure process, the same applied in the first, identical unit which has been in operation since 2012 on the same site. Casale scope of supply includes the provision of the license, the basic engineering, the review of detail engineering and site assistance.

"We are very pleased by the continued trust placed by Borsodchem on us and our nitric acid technology also for their second plant. Casale is strongly committed to deliver the same level of high quality, superior performances and long-term reliability as the first one which is in operation since 2012", has commented Mr F. Zardi, CEO of Casale.

NA2000 is Casale’s Dual Pressure nitric acid process originally developed by GPN that Casale has acquired in 2014 from Borealis together with Borealis Nitrates and Phosphates fertilizer technology portfolio.