Nouryon to Double Surfactants Capacity in Sweden


Nouryon has announced that it will double capacity at its surfactants plant in Stenungsund, Sweden, to support the growth of several existing products as well as new sustainable technologies for markets. The €12-million expansion and upgrade project includes the installation of a new reactor and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2021.

According to the company, the additional capacity will allow Nouryon to expand production of several technologies for the oil and gas market. These reportedly include Armohib CI-5150, a corrosion inhibitor that meets environmental requirements, as well as a new range of biodegradable demulsifiers that will give oil and gas producers a more sustainable option to separate crude oil from natural gas and water.

“Our customers are looking for more innovative and environmentally conscious solutions that offer better biodegradability, lower toxicity, and meet the latest regulations,” said AB Ghosh, managing director Surface Chemistry at Nouryon. “The design of this new reactor allows for a wide range of chemistries and technologies, including those required for creating more sustainable ingredients.”

The expansion also allows Nouryon to increase output of products including Berol R648NG, a unique biodegradable surfactant used as a degreaser by customers in the cleaning market, the company stated. It will also produce surfactants used in the lubricants and fuels and asphalt markets, according to Nouryon.