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Uhde & Alco-Naphtha Collaborate to Start PET Plant in Kaliningrad, Russia

Published on 2011-08-16. Author : SpecialChem

In the spring of 2011 Uhde Inventa-Fischer and Alco-Naphtha JSC started up the first state-of-the-art, energy-efficient MTR® plant for the production of high-quality PET to be built on European soil. The production plant is located at Alco-Naphtha JSC's site in Kaliningrad, and with an annual capacity of 240,000 tonnes, it is the biggest single-train PET plant in Europe.

Uhde Inventa-Fischer's MTR® technology enables Alco-Naphtha to produce a high-quality PET resin, which has found wide acceptance in the start-up company's target markets. Uhde Inventa-Fischer's scope of supplies included the permit engineering, the basic and detail engineering, supply of all equipment for the plant and supervision of the erection during construction, installation and commissioning. In addition, the operating personnel were also trained by experienced Uhde Inventa-Fischer specialists.

Particularly noteworthy was the successful cooperation between Uhde Inventa-Fischer and its Russian sister company OOO Uhde of Dzerzhinsk. Under the contract between Uhde Inventa-Fischer and Alco-Naphtha, OOO Uhde provided key local services, such as the local OSBL engineering and permit engineering with strict regard for the statutory regulations.

The MTR® process used at the plant replaces the cost-intensive solid-state post condensation (SSP) process, thus achieving a significant reduction in energy and maintenance costs combined with low investment costs.

At the same time, feedstock consumption is considerably reduced without affecting the high product quality. The MTR® process is based on the 2-reactor high-viscosity technology developed by Uhde Inventa-Fischer and applies the patented ESPREE® and DISCAGE® reactors to ensure production of the required high melt viscosity on a sustained basis.

About Uhde Inventa-Fischer

The core competence of Uhde Inventa-Fischer is the design and construction of state-of-the-art polymerization plants to produce polyesters and polyamides as well as polylactide (PLA). As a subsidiary of Uhde GmbH in Dortmund, Germany, and as part of ThyssenKrupp, they can offer comprehensive local support such as plant management and on-site engineering capacity.

About Alco-Naphtha LLC

SC Alco-Naphtha is a member of Mari El refinery Group of Companies, the main asset of which is the Mariisky Refinery. At present, JSC Alco-Naphtha is completing implementation of the investment project of construction and further operation of a plant for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) chips with a capacity of 220 thousand tons per annum. The plant is located on the territory of the Central district of Kaliningrad. Uhde Inventa-Fischer GmbH (Germany) is a supplier of the technology and equipment. The used technology MTR (melt-to-resin) is the most up-to-date among the existing technologies. The plant of JSC Alco-Naphtha will be the first in Europe and the fourth in the world, which operate using the MTR technology.

Source: Uhde Inventa-Fischer

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