Arkema upgrades its Texas acrylics facility

Arkema is investing $90 million on its Clear Lake, Texas site to replace existing acrylic acid production units with modern facilities using available technologies.

Photo Courtesy of Arkema.
Photo Courtesy of Arkema.

As part of its operational excellence program, Arkema has launched a project that will replace two 45kt/year acrylic acid reactors at the end of their life with a single 90 kt/year reactor at its Clear Lake site. This investment will introduce new manufacturing assets using production technologies available.

The new unit is expected to come on stream by mid-2019. At completion of this program, Clear Lake's total acrylic acid production capacity will be 270 kt/year.

“Arkema will continue to meet customer demand from its American plants, which benefited from a previous modernization program between 2012 and 2014, as well as its European and Asian plants,” the company said in a press release. “Arkema will position the Clear Lake site among the most competitive in North America while meeting growing demand in the region.”

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