Nanjing, Jiangsu – Chinese chemical conglomerate GPRO Investment Holding Group announced it is building a new site in Nanjing using HPPO technology. This will produce propylene oxide and related polyurethane feedstocks.
Located at the city’s Jiangbei New Materials High-Tech Park, the project’s planned capacity includes 200kT/year HPPO propylene oxide, 900kT/year propane dehydrogenation and 300kT/year hydrogen peroxide.
The project will adopt environmental friendly processes, said the company’s website. It has CNY 10bn ($1.5bn) investment earmarked and is expected to generate CNY 17bn revenue when in operation.
GPRO already has two businesses in the polyurethane sector. The first is Jiangsu Zhongshan Chemical, also based in Nanjing. This business currently has 200kT/year capacity for polyether polyols and 100kT/year for surfactants. Meanwhile, its Fujian Zhongshan Chemical in Quanzhou, Fujian has 100kT/year capacity for surfactants and other additives.
The Nanjing subsidiary has also set up a research institute. This specialises in polyether and polymeric polyols, additives and new materials. It claims to be strong in polyols with low levels of unsaturation.
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