Solvay Supplies Hydrogen Peroxide Process for China Plant

02.05.2023 - Solvay has signed an agreement with Chinese company Guangxi Chlor-Alkali Chemical (GHCAC) to supply a technology license for its hydrogen peroxide technology.

The agreement will allow GHCAC to build a hydrogen peroxide plant at Qinzhou in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, which will support the site’s production of 300,000 t/y propylene oxide, as well as other units.

Propylene oxide is used in the manufacture of a wide range of materials in many industrial and commercial market segments, including polyurethanes, propylene glycol ethers and propoxylated organic specialty compounds.

Under the deal, the Belgian chemicals company will provide a “comprehensive” process design packaging and operating expertise, among other services. It will also supply GHCAC with proprietary 2-amylanthraquinone (AQ), which Solvay said is the key chemical that contributes to the high productivity and environmental friendliness of its technology.

Furthermore, once the plant starts up (an onstream date was not disclosed), Solvay will take some of the hydrogen peroxide output to support the growth of its related business in China, particularly in the south of the country.

Author: Elaine Burridge, Freelance Journalist