Siemens to supply compressor solution for butyl rubber plant in Singapore
Siemens Energy has received an order to supply three compressor trains to Singapore. Purchaser is German specialty chemicals company LANXESS, the world’s largest manufacturer of synthetic rubber. The three motor-driven compressor trains will be deployed in LANXESS’ butyl rubber plant on Jurong Island, Singapore. The three compressor trains are scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Over the past few years, the demand for the impermeable material butyl rubber has risen significantly in Asia. This material is used in tires, pharmaceutical stoppers and seals, protective clothing, sporting goods and chewing gums.
“LANXESS has opted for Siemens technologies for the complex production of butyl rubber,” said Ralf Kannefass, head of the business segment Turbo Equipment of Siemens’ Oil & Gas Division. “Our competencies in a wide variety of compressor solutions for the chemical process industry convinced the customer.” Polymerization, a highly exothermic process, plays a central role in the production of butyl rubber. To control reaction rates, a compressor-driven refrigeration system is used to control the temperature.
The Siemens scope of supply encompasses three motor-driven compressor trains. One two-cylinder compressor train and one single-shaft compressor with vertical casing joint will be used for the cooling process. The third train is a motor-driven single-shaft compressor with horizontal casing joint for the recycling of process gases.
Jurong Island is a man-made island to the southwest of the main island of Singapore, which is home to a highly modern chemical industrial park. The refineries on Jurong Island have a total daily processing capacity of 1.3 million barrels of crude oil for the production of fuels and special materials.
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