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03-26-2014

Oxea Plans Capacity Increase for Plasticizer Oxsoft GPO

In order to meet strongly growing customer demand, Oxea, an Oman Oil Group company, is planning to increase its European capacity for Oxsoft GPO (Dioctyl Terephthalate - DOTP) by 50,000 metric tons by Q4/2015. To this end, Oxea has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a third party to establish a joint production of DOTP. Dioctyl Terephthalate is a generalpurpose plasticizer used in a wide range of applications such as construction, automotive and flooring.

“The European market for phthalate-free plasticizers is growing rapidly. As a replacement mainly for Dioctyl Phthalate and Diisononyl Phthalate, DOTP is benefiting particularly from this development and our capacities need to be planned correspondingly,” said Oxea’s project leader, Christian Boehmer.

Jacco de Haas, Global Marketing Manager for Specialty Esters at Oxea, emphasized: “Oxea is integrated into key raw materials for DOTP. For example, Oxea is the largest European producer of 2-Ethylhexanol, which is the main raw material for the production of DOTP. This backward integration allows us to reliably meet the high level of of demand and accommodate the needs of our customers,” he added.

New facilities for 2-EH and Propanol in the U.S.

Oxea's production plant at Bay City, Texas  (figure: Oxea)

Oxea's production plant at Bay City, Texas (figure: Oxea)

In a move to better serve its customers in North and Latin America, Oxea has started basic engineering for a 2-Ethylhexanol (2-EH) and a Propanol unit at its world-scale production plant at Bay City, Texas. Both units are scheduled to come on stream in late 2016. Key elements of the basic engineering work will also be utilized for the construction of Oxea’s future Asian Oxo chemicals platform in Duqm, Oman.

2-EH is used in the production of acrylates, nitrates, acids and plasticizers, and serves, among others, as a solvent in the paint and coatings industries. Propanol is used to manufacture products such as cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, printing inks, coatings and adhesives.

The new units will further add to Oxea’s most recent capacity expansion of the Bay City plant, which will increase current output of Butanol and Propanol by 25%. This additional volume is planned to come on line in the second half of 2014.

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