Over the last 10 years SNF has emerged as a major producer of polyacrylamides with total annual sales of more than 300 000 tonnes. The main applications are water treatment, mining, paper and Oil Recovery.

Date: 29-30 Oct 2014
Venue: Shanghai World Expo Exhibition Center

SNF INVESTMENT PROGRAM ON POLYACRYLAMIDES

SNF INVESTMENT PROGRAM ON POLYACRYLAMIDES
Over the last 10 years SNF has emerged as a major producer of polyacrylamides with total annual sales of more than 300 000 tonnes. The main applications are water treatment, mining, paper and Oil Recovery. SNF has progressively and continuously invested in America, Europe and Asia becoming the major producer in each continent except in China, where in 1992, SNF has sold a large production plant to Daqing Oil Field which produces today around 100 000 tonnes/year for their own internal use. The shift towards more use in Oil Industry with more specific products will require new investments. In the USA and Americas, due to the growth of the market for Enhanced Oil Recovery application and the local availability of acrylonitrile, SNF is building a new large facility in Plaquemine (Louisiana). Initially in 2010 - 2011, SNF will open one modular bioacrylamide plant of 50 000 tonnes/year and two modular polyacrylamides plants of 25 000 tonnes/year. This large plant will increase its production over 250 00 tonnes/year with a secured supply of raw materials. In China, SNF will invest for 2010 in one modular bioacrylamide plant of 50 000 tonnes/year with an initial anionic polyacrylamides plant (25 000 tonnes/year). For cationic applications, SNF will start the construction of a 10 000 tonnes/year cationic monomer plant with a 16 000 tonnes/year quarternisation plant. This monomer will be used in a first step in a new 10 000 tonnes cationic polymer plant. In Korea, the joint venture Eyang will invest in a new multipurpose 10 000 tonnes/year polyacrylamides plant in Ulsan. • In France (Andrézieux) the increase of capacity will be a 10 000 tonnes/year flexible cationic polymer plant. The characteristics of this market require, at the same time, a sophistication of the products to be supplied. With these investments, SNF will increase its capacity from 350 000 to more than 450 000 tonnes/year with an excess of capacity of monomer enabling the company to invest cost effectively in new large markets.