ERJ staff report (DS)
Onesti, Romania - Romania's sole producer of synthetic rubber, Carom, is investing to improve its supply of butadiene. The investment should increase the amount of SBR made in the factory.
Romania's Energy Bio-Chemicals plans to purify butadiene, a monomer used to produce synthetic rubber, at the company's Carom Onesti Styrene Butadiene Rubber facility. The project is part of the company's modernisation investment program to upgrade their butadiene installation and increase production. The company has selected Honeywell's UOP KLPâ„¢ process to purify the butadiene.
â€œAs global demand for tyres continues to grow, UOP's technology allows producers to maximise yields with nearly 100 percent conversion of vinyl acetylene to butadiene,â€ said Pete Piotrowski, vice president and general manager of Honeywell's UOP Process Technology and Equipment business unit.
The KLP process increases the yield of butadiene, while also eliminating acetylene, a difficult-to-handle and unwanted byproduct, from the process. UOP will also provide a proprietary Caustic Merox unit to remove sulphur from the crude C4 feedstock. The contract includes licensing, engineering, technical support and catalysts.
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