Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) is expanding its
Tessenderlo facility in Belgium, the company announced on
includes an on-purpose
hydrogen sulfide (H2S) unit and additional sulfur-based
products capacity to better serve customers and meet their
growing demands, according to CPChem officials.
is expected to be
completed in the second quarter of 2014. In preparation for
the upgrade, the Tessenderlo plant added a new control room
in September 2013.
will allow Chevron
Phillips Chemical to better serve its worldwide customer
portfolio, according to company officials, as the demand for
synthetic rubbers and plastics increases. Production capacity
at the site will increase by more than 40% as a result of
Demand for organosulfur products is expected to
continue to grow, particularly for those materials used as
chain transfer agents like tertiary dodecyl mercaptan or
TDM, said Peter Bastemeijer, product line manager for
specialty chemicals in Europe
. Chevron Phillips
Chemical is increasing capacity in order to respond to
customer needs throughout the world, especially in Europe
The Tessenderlo facility produces chemical intermediates,
including mercaptans, sulfides, polysulfides and
Scentinel gas odorants that are used in agricultural
chemicals, pharmaceuticals, modifiers in rubber and plastics
and the odorization of propane and natural gas.
Chevron Phillips Chemical also produces a similar line of
products at its facility in Borger, Texas.