Nizhnekamskneftekhim PJSC will expand the isobutene dehydration catalyst (KDI-M) production capacity of the ethylene oxide plant. At the time being, the site is under preparation for new construction.
Today 2 thousand tons of ethylene oxide, iron-potassium dehydration catalyst and isobutene dehydration catalyst are produced by the plant each year, Rupec reports. Isobutene dehydration catalyst is used for manufacturing of synthetic rubbers and isoprene monomer in NKNK. The company expects that as a result of the capacity expansion NKNK’s demand for the KDI-M catalyst will be fully covered.
After the modernization, which is in progress now, the company’s isoprene rubber (SKI-3) production capacity will grow from 280 kta to 330 kta. Also following the start-up of the ethylene plant NKNK will be able to boost the production of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) used as an octane-increasing fuel additive.
According to NKNK's in-house magazine, the project aimed to improve the butyl rubber plant's efficiency is supposed to be completed by February 2017. The revamp will result in product output expansion up to 220 thousand tons in order to meet the obligations under the contacts with global tire manufacturers, in particular, Pirelli, Michelin, and Bridgestone.