Sasol begins construction of new alkoxylation plant in Nanjing, China

South Africa-based chemicals and energy company Sasol has started construction of its new alkoxylation plant in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China. 

The upcoming unit will modernise and expand Sasol's current alkoxylation capacity, research and development facility and technical support capability in Nanjing.

In addition, the new facility is expected to strengthen Sasol’s position in China, while allowing the company to meet growing demand for specialty chemicals.

Sasol Chemicals Business executive vice-president Fleetwood Grobler said: “With China’s economy forecast to represent 40% of the world chemical demand by 2020 and its ongoing shift towards high-value and differentiated segments, China is an important market for Sasol. 

"The new production unit will more than double Sasol’s alkoxylation production capacity."

“The new production unit will more than double Sasol’s alkoxylation production capacity and Sasol’s state-of-the-art technology offers our business partners significant benefits in terms of safety, reliability and flexibility.”

Scope of work under the project will include the construction of an alkoxylation plant with a capacity of around 150 kilo tonnes per annum (ktpa), using either branched or linear alcohols to meet customer requirements in applications.

The applications include detergent, personal care, textiles and leather, metal working and lubrication, paper inks and coatings and the oil and gas recovery. 

To be located at the Nanjing Chemical Industrial Park (NCIP), the new site covers 35 acres and expands the existing footprint of the company. The company noted that the plant is scheduled to be fully operational in early 2019.