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Evonik selects Alabama for Aveneer® Methyl Methacrylate project

Evonik to build first large scale eco-friendly MMA plant

Evonik Industries AG (Evonik) selected Mobile, in Alabama, USA, to build the first large scale production unit of Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) using its Aveneer® technology.

Formally established under the Evonik Industries brand in 2007, Evonik results from the consolidation of several famous brands of the German chemical industry such as Degussa, Goldschmidt, HÜls, Röhm, Stockhausen or SKW Trostberg.

Home based in Essen, Germany, Evonik is focusing on advanced chemical specialties for the health, nutrition and resources efficiency.

Driven by innovation, Evonik developed the Aveneer® process to produce Methyl Methacrylate in environment friendly conditions.

Using stillammonia, methane, acetone, and methanol as feedstock for ACH sulfo processing, the Aveneer® technology does not need sulfuric acid.

With 95% yield from the basic resources, Aveneer® provides Methyl Methacrylate with much higher efficiency than actual processes.

In practice the Aveneer® technology can produce MMA with a much lower carbon footprint, reducing the CO² emissions by nearly half of what is released by the conventional processes.

In addition to the environmental aspects, the Aveneer® process delivers MMA together with methacrylic acid as by-product on the same facility.

The proportion of production of the two chemical products may even be adjusted with a rather high flexibility.

During five years, Evonik tested and improved the Aveneer® process on a MMA pilot production line installed in its Worms facility in Germany.

As one of the world largest producer of MMA with production in Worms and Wesseling in Germany, Fortier in USA and Shanghai in China, Evonik is willing to deploy its Aveneer® process at large commercial scale.

Evonik Mobile offers cheaper supply and easier export

After investigating different locations, Evonik selected Mobile in Alabama, USA.

Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Mobile is the largest Evonik site in North America producing:

 – Chemical products such as hydrogen peroxide, fumed silica

 – Animal feed additive such as methionine

 – Bio-fuel catalysts such as alkoxides

 – Advanced technology plastics such as polymethacrylimide for the car industry.

Because its existing infrastructures, along the Gulf of Mexico, Mobil will allow the shipment of the production all over the world and will benefits from easy access to the raw material required as feedstock for the MMA production.

With the development of the shale gas in USA and all its associated downstream transformation industries, the Gulf of Mexico is draining billion US dollars petrochemicals projects around natural gas transformation.

All these projects will provide Evonik with as many opportunities to purchase in competitive condition and sustainable volumes the natural gas liquids (NGL) requested to supply the greenfield Mobil MMA facility.

This Aveneer® technology-based project should have a capacity of 120,000 t/y of Methyl Methacrylate.

Used for producing light weight advanced plastic materials, the MMA market is increasing globally to meet the demand for high efficiency cars and all applications calling for performances enhancement per kilo.

With this new Aveneer® process Evonik reduces MMA impact on the environment all along its life cycle, from production to transformation and use until recycling.

With capital expenditure in the range of $150 million, Evonik expects the greenfield Mobile Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) to come on stream in Alabama, USA, in 2015.

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1 Comment to “Evonik selects Alabama for Aveneer® Methyl Methacrylate project”

  1. Has Evonik selected engineering or construction firms for the project? or perhaps an EPC firm? Am trying to get good contact information for prospective subcontractors and equipment suppliers for the project.

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