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Expansion Could Ease H2O2 Tightness

1:38 PM MDT | January 17, 2007 | Peck Hwee Sim

Arkema has brought onstream its 20,000-m.t./year hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) expansion at Becancour, PQ, upping capacity at the plant to 93,000 m.t./year (CW, Aug. 3, 2005, p. 13). The expansion boosts Arkema’s total H2O2 capacity in North America to 163,000 m.t./year, about 20% of the North American market. The additional capacity, which accounts for 2.5% of the market, could provide some relief to tight H2O2 supply, producers and analysts say. H2O2 operating rates have been running at or above 95% for the past two years due to lack of new capacity. The...

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