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01. August 2007

Dow and Solvay form joint venture to build HP plant in Thailand

Dow Chemical and Solvay announced an agreement to create a joint venture for the construction of a hydrogen peroxide plant in Thailand.

Scheduled to be operational in 2010, the new HP plant will serve as a raw material source for the manufacture of propylene oxide. According to a Dow News Release, the HP plant will be the largest in the world, with a capacity of over 330 kt/a of hydrogen peroxide at 100 % concentration. The hydrogen peroxide supplying the process is based on Solvay’s proprietary, high-yield hydrogen peroxide technology.

In addition, Dow and BASF are advancing negotiations for the construction of a world-scale, 390 kt/a propylene oxide (PO) manufacturing facility in Map Ta Phut, Thailand. The new plant would use the innovative hydrogen peroxide to propylene oxide (HPPO) technology jointly developed by Dow and BASF. The Dow and BASF Thailand facility would be the second world-scale plant to use HPPO technology. The first, a 300 kt/a Dow and BASF HPPO plant, also supplied by an HP plant based on Solvay’s high yield technology, is currently under construction in Antwerp, Belgium, and is scheduled for start-up in early 2008.

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