Ascend Eyes New Propylene Facility | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 91 Issue 9 | p. 22 | Concentrates
Issue Date: March 4, 2013

Ascend Eyes New Propylene Facility

Department: Business
Keywords: propylene, propane dehydrogenation, nylon

Ascend Performance Materials plans to build a $1.2 billion plant at its site in Alvin, Texas, that will produce propylene via propane dehydrogenation. Ascend, the former nylon 6,6 business of Solutia, uses large amounts of propylene to form acrylonitrile, the firm’s raw material for the nylon intermediate adiponitrile. “This project builds on the existing strength of the Ascend position as a global leader in the chemicals and nylon businesses,” says Ascend President J. Timothy Strehl. Several companies, such as Dow Chemical and Formosa Plastics, previously announced propane dehydrogenation projects to take advantage of cheap propane recovered from shale gas.

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