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Dow technology for MEGlobal MEG production facility

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The Dow Chemical Company has announced that MEGlobal, a wholly owned subsidiary of EQUATE Petrochemical Company, has undertaken a competitive evaluation process and has selected Dow METEOR™ ethylene oxide/ethylene glycol (EO/EG) process technology and METEOR EO-RETRO catalyst to construct its monoethylene glycol (MEG) production facility on the US Gulf Coast – its first manufacturing unit in the US.

“We are very pleased that MEGlobal selected Dow’s EO/EG technology and catalyst for its first US MEG facility,” said Faye Miller, Dow Global Commercial Director, Licensing and 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 an industry leading, low capital technology 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 METEOR Technology for plants around the world with capacities to produce approximately 4.5 million tpy of ethylene oxide equivalents. Plans to construct the new 700 000 tpy MEG production facility were previously announced in March 2016. The unit is expected to come online in mid-2019. It will be adjacent to Dow’s Oyster Creek site in Freeport, Texas.

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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