Ineos Phenol Launches Europe's Largest Cumene Plant, Cutting CO2 Emissions in Half

21.12.2023 - The world-scale plant for the production of 750,000 tons produces 50% less CO2 emissions per ton of product. This considerable reduction in emissions is made possible by the pioneering cumene technology in combination with unique heat integration at the Marl Chemical Park.

Ineos Phenol has started production at Europe’s largest Cumene facility in Marl, Germany. Cumene, vital for phenol and acetone production, is integral to various applications, from medical products like aspirin to materials for contact lenses, artificial joints, dentures, and dental fillings.

The plant will use pipeline connections between Ineos’ phenol and acetone production sites in Gladbeck, the Evonik Chempark in Marl, and the BP refinery and cracker complex in Gelsenkirchen. The site, close to the Marl harbour, sends waste heat for district heating, further reducing the site's carbon footprint.

Ineos is the world’s largest producer of phenol and acetone, and the largest consumer of cumene.

Hans-Juergen Bister, Operations Director for Ineos Phenol, commented, “We are delighted that INEOS Phenol’s world-scale facility is up and running. The unit strengthens our European Phenol position in terms of feed-stock supply. At the same time, it helps to reduce the carbon footprint of the business. We are investing heavily in reducing our carbon footprint when producing essential materials. We know our customers are doing the same and supplying them with an equally strong and reliable product but with a significantly lower environment impact is an enormous step forward.”


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