MEGlobal, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kuwait's Equate, will use Dow's proprietary technology for its production facility on the US Gulf Coast.
Dow's Meteor Ethylene Oxide/Ethylene Glycol (EO/EG) Process Technology and Meteor EO-RETRO Catalyst will be used for the construction of MEGlobal's monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant, the company's first manufacturing unit in the country.
“We are very pleased that MEGlobal selected Dow’s EO/EG technology and catalyst for its first U.S. MEG facility,” said Faye Miller, Dow global commercial director, Licensing & Catalysts.
“This is state-of-the-art technology for a world-class facility, and we expect MEGlobal to reap the many rewards that come from Dow’s catalyst technology and the unique process simplicity that is the hallmark of the METEOR process.”
Dow's Meteor technology is considered the industry leading, low capital choice for world-scale EO/EG manufacturing facilities.
It combines a high activity and high selectivity catalyst with a streamlined process design that results in lower capital and energy cost, high raw material efficiency, excellent operational reliability, and inherent safety and environmental features.
To date, Dow has licensed the technology for plants around the world with capacities to produce approximately 4.5mn metric tons per year of ethylene oxide equivalents.
Plans to construct the new 700 kta MEG production facility were previously announced in March 2016. The unit, which is expected to come on stream in mid-2019, will be built next to Dow’s Oyster Creek site in Freeport, Texas.