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Solvay Plans Bio-Based PVC Project

1:41 PM MST | January 14, 2008 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

Solvay says that its board has approved a $135-million investment for an integrated plant to produce ethylene from bioethanol at Santo Andre, Brazil. The company expects the facility to be completed by 2010. The investment is the second stage of an expansion first announced in 2006 (CW, Sept. 6/13, 2006, p. 18). Once completed, the Santo Andre site will have capacity to produce 360,000 tons/year of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), 360,000 tons/year of vinyl chloride monomer, 235,000 tons/year of caustic soda, and 60,000 tons/year of...

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