India to get its first biobased epichlorohydrin plant


In India, TechnipFMC has signed a technology license for its biobased epichlorohydrin process.

The 50,000 metric tons per year plant, the first to use the EPICEROL technology in India, will be built by Meghmani Finechem Ltd and be integrated into its Chlor Alkali and Derivative Complex in Dahej, Gujarat, India. The plant is expected to begin production in 2021.

Epichlorohydrin is a compound used to produce epoxy resins. Its main applications include corrosion protection coatings in the industrial, automotive, and packaging industries and as composites used in the aerospace and wind mill industries.

Based on renewable glycerol feedstocks, EPICEROL is the most sustainable epichlorohydrin process in terms of CO2 emissions and process environmental performance. Compared to a fossil route, it allows a ten-fold reduction in water consumption, a 50% reduction in the consumption of non-renewable resources and a significant reduction in CO2 emissions. Incorporating a 50,000 m.t./year of EPICEROL instead of a propylene based ECH process reduces the global carbon footprint by 128,000 m.t. C02 equivalent.