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Thailand Okays Solvay’s Green Epichlorohydrin Plan

1:30 PM MST | February 19, 2008 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

The Thai Board of Investment (BOI; Bangkok) says it has approved Solvay’s previously announced green-chemistry project to produce epichlorohydrin (ECH) based on the company’s novel Epicerol process, which uses glycerine manufactured as a by-product of biodiesel. The 100,000-m.t./year plant will be built at Map Ta Phut, Thailand and is due onstream at the end of 2009. BOI has approved unspecified financial incentives for the project, local reports say. The plant will supply ECH, used in the production of epoxy resins, to customers in Asia. Demand for...

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