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Evonik Starts Operations at Sodium Methylate Unit In Mobile

2:20 PM MDT | April 28, 2009 | Robert Westervelt

Evonik has started operations at its 60,000 m.t./year sodium methylate unit at Mobile, AL. Sodium methylate is a catalyst used in the manufacture of biodiesel produced from sources such as rapeseed or soybean oil. U.S. and global demand for biodiesel has soared in recent years but growth has slowed since late 2008 as energy demand and petroleum-based diesel prices have fallen. World capacity and consumption of biodiesel grew on average by more than 50%/year through 2002–2007, according to SRI Consulting (Menlo Park, CA). “The biodiesel market in the...

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