MOSCOW (MRC) -- Invista says the USD250 million retrofit of its Victoria, Texas, adiponitrile (ADN) unit remains on schedule, with completion slated for early 2021, said Chemweek.
"We anticipate all pre-turnaround construction will be completed later this year, and the final tie-ins are to be installed during a regularly scheduled maintenance outage in early 2021 with additional ADN coming online at that time," says a statement from the company.
The retrofit, announced in 2017, will allow the Victoria facility to employ a new Invista process that provides higher ADN product yields while lowering energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and capital intensity than the current process. First scaled up at Invista’s Orange, Texas, facility, the technology has also been deployed at the Chalampe, France, site of Butachimie, Invista’s joint venture with BASF, and it will be implemented in Invista’s new 400,000 metric tons/year ADN project in Shanghai, China, which broke ground earlier this month.
ADN, a key feedstock for nylon-6,6, has been tight in recent years. Three producers—Invista, Ascend, and Asahi Kasei—control the technology used to produce it at commercial scale.
As MRC informed earlier, Invista’s world-scale adiponitrile (ADN) plant began construction on Tuesday in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in Jinshan District. The construction is one of Shanghai’s 152 major projects for 2020. Investment in the plant will total more than 70 billion yuan (USD9.89 billion). When completed in 2022, it will supply 400,000 tons of ADN a year to China and the Asia Pacific region.
As MRC informed earlier, Invista technology and licensing group, INVISTA Performance Technologies (IPT), and Hengli Petrochemical (Dalian) Co., Ltd (Hengli) are pleased to announce that Hengli’s 4th PTA line utilising Invista P8 Process Technology has met all performance guarantees. Hengli’s 4th PTA line of 2.5 million tonnes per annum capacity, located in Changxing Island, Dalian City, Liaoning Province, utilising Invista P8 PTA technology with industry leading variable cost, capital productivity and environmental performance, came online on January 8th, 2020. This PTA line also produces benzoic acid as co-product, utilising INVISTA’s proprietary R2R technology.
Аccording to MRC's DataScope report, April imports amounted to 16,600 tonnes, 26% more than the previous month. External supplies of material were at the level of 14,100 tonnes in April last year. The volume of supplies of bottle grade PET from China to Ukraine over the fur months of the year fell almost three times: from 36,400 tonnes in January-April 2019 to 12,200 tonnes.
Invista is one of the world’s largest producers of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibers. It is owned by Koch Industries, America’s largest privately held company. Since 2014, it has invested more than 4 billion yuan in manufacturing facilities in the Shanghai park.