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Arkema starts up new acrylic acid reactor

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Arkema has successfully brought on stream, and on schedule, a new 90 000 tpy acrylic acid reactor at its Clear Lake, Texas site.

Equipped with the latest production technologies, this new reactor replaces two decommissioned reactors of 45 000 t each.

This investment of approximately US$90 million positions Clear Lake as one of the most competitive acrylic acid sites in the US.

This new capacity will enable the group to support the growth of its North American customers in markets such as superabsorbents, paints and coatings, adhesives, and polymers for water treatment and enhanced oil and gas recovery. Arkema is the second largest producer of acrylic acid in the region.

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