TechnipFMC has announced that it has signed its first EPICEROL® Technology License Agreement with Meghmani Finechem Ltd (MFL) in India.
The 50 000 tpy capacity plant will produce epichlorohydrin from glycerin, a renewable feedstock derived from natural sources. The unit will be integrated into the Chlor Alkali and Derivative Complex in Dahej, Gujarat, India, to serve the growing domestic epichlorohydrin market. MFL will be the first to manufacture epichlorohydrin in India with an expected plant start-up of 2021.
Epichlorohydrin is a compound used to produce epoxy resins. Its main applications include corrosion protection coatings in the industrial, automotive, and packaging industries and as composites used in the aerospace and wind mill industries.
This first project using the EPICEROL technology will be managed from TechnipFMC's centre in Lyon, France, the reference centre for bio-sourced chemicals technologies. Based on renewable glycerol feedstocks, EPICEROL is the most sustainable ECH process in terms of CO2 emissions and process environmental performance. Compared to a fossil route, it allows a ten-fold reduction in water consumption, a 50% reduction in the consumption of non-renewable resources and a significant reduction in CO2 emissions. Incorporating a 50 000 tpy of EPICEROL instead of a propylene based ECH process reduces the global carbon footprint by 128 000 tpy CO2 equivalent.
Read the article online at: https://www.energyglobal.com/special-reports/31102019/technipfmc-announces-first-technology-license-for-epichlorohydrin-from-renewable-feedstock-in-india/