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Formosa BP Chemicals Corporation saves energy with Sundyne compressor: return on investment within one year!
2020/10/30

Formosa BP Chemicals Corporation is one of a subsidiary business of Formosa Plastics Group. Its main product, acetic acid (CH3COOH), is widely used in petroleum, chemicals, textiles, garments, printing, pharmaceuticals, and other industries.
 
In its original process, the main raw material, methanol (CH3OH) and carbon monoxide (CO), undergo carbonylation reaction in the first reactor, of which, carbon monoxide (CO), is also used in activating the catalyst. After activation, the reactor then generates an exhaust gas, which contains carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), methyl iodide (CH3I), and other substances, resulting in a high concentration of carbon monoxide and excess exhaust emission.
 
In order to solve this problem, Formosa BP Chemicals Corporation added “Sundyne PPI diaphragm compressor” to the original process, which is able to pressurize and recycle the exhaust gas, and introduce it, along with fresh carbon monoxide, to the larger second reactor. As a result, this improvement not only reduce the exhaust gas of the heating furnace, but also increase the effectiveness of the activation process of the catalyst, thus further increasing production capacity.
 
The total investment in this case is as high as over 60 million; however, after the actual operation and actuarial calculations, it only takes 0.86 years to recover, which proves that this seemingly simple improvement project has brought tremendous benefits to Formosa BP Chemicals Corporation.

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