Asahi Kasei inks MOU to conduct feasibility study for Thai project

Asahi Kasei Corp. has inked a memorandum of understanding to embark on a study along with JV partners PTT PCL and Marubeni Corp. to study the feasibility of producing 12,000 tpa of acetonitrile. Acetonitrile is a co-product of the acrylonitrile manufacturing process and finds application as a solvent in the production of pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals and other chemicals. Poduction is slated to begin in H2-2011. Asahi Kasei has previously announced that the joint venture is scheduled to begin production of acrylonitrile and methyl methacrylate at the same location by the end of 2010.
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