Global leader in specialty chemicals based in Germany, Evonik Industries and JSC Sibur Holding based in Moscow, have agreed to commence an exclusive feasibility study to consider the possible construction of a facility to produce propylene oxide (PO), together with hydrogen peroxide. The products will be targeted for markets in the Russian Federation. The feasibility study, to be completed shortly, will help determine possible locations and capacities.
Sibur is considering the construction of a PO plant that uses the new HPPO process, to produce propylene oxide from hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and propylene in a low-cost and ecologically sound manner. The HPPO process has been jointly developed by Evonik and the engineering company Uhde. Evonik is the only company that can provide the process technology for the HPPO process to produce propylene oxide, the necessary special catalyst, and the raw material, hydrogen peroxide, from a single source. If the project receives approval, Evonik and Sibur will review the establishment of a joint venture for the production of hydrogen peroxide with Evonik's own technology to supply a potential HPPO plant with the hydrogen peroxide. The H2O2 plant, to be constructed at the same location as the HPPO plant in the Russian Federation, would supply the planned PO production of Sibur with hydrogen peroxide. Furthermore, the estimated capacity is to be sufficiently large that the joint venture would supply the growing chemicals market in the Russian Federation and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) with H2O2 for conventional applications, primarily in paper and pulp bleaching processes.