MOSCOW (MRC) -- Koch Modular Process Systems, LLC (Koch Modular), a market leading provider of engineered and fabricated modular mass transfer systems for the chemical processing industry, has announced its fabricated process modules have been installed in support of the first manufacturing plant for Origin Materials (Origin), located in Sarnia, Canada, according to Hydrocarbonprocssing.
Installation of the key production modules of the plant (Origin 1) was completed in October of 2021, six months ahead of their schedule.
Koch Modular was engaged early in the process by Origin because of the company’s demonstrated expertise in reaction, distillation, and filtration unit operations. The front end of Origin’s process was a primary focus, converting biomass to sustainable materials including chloromethylfurfural (CMF) and hydrothermal carbon (HTC). Downstream of Koch Modular’s system, Origin’s process involved the conversion of CMF into polyethylene terephthalate (PET); a strong and lightweight thermoplastic material commonly used in packaging, textiles, and many other products.
Koch Modular designed and manufactured the plant’s 17 core process modules which were delivered to site on schedule. Module installation of Origin 1 was set to be completed by the end of Q4 of 2021 as announced in April 2021.
Module installation took place well ahead of schedule, in October 2021, significantly de-risking the project. The plant remains on track for completion by the end of 2022, with commissioning and production start-up thereafter.
As MRC reported earlier, in April 2021, Origin Materials, Inc., the world’s leading carbon negative materials company, and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical, Inc., a global leader in basic and fine chemicals and advanced materials, announced a partnership to industrialize and manufacture advanced chemicals and materials built on the Origin Materials technology platform.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, the estimated PET consumption in Russia increased to 67,970 tonnes in October 2021, up by 17% year on year (58,030 tonnes in October 2020). Russia's overall PET consumption reached 661,830 tonnes in the ten months of 2021, up by 13% year on year.