The latest FORMOX™ plant design is a step further in the evolution of our plant technology. All aspects of the design have been reviewed and many detail changes have been made. We’re now using a flexible floor plan to accommodate different equipment, and plants can be set up in various ways as required to meet local conditions, e.g. different absorber configurations. The latest design has also been simplified to cut capital costs.
Our standard Formaldehyde plants
Our range of standard plants now covers a capacity range extending from 70 MTPD to nearly 840 MTPD in one production unit.
The single line configuration range from 70 to 418 MTPD capacity, see diagram. For higher capacity the FORMOX twin-stream (FT) range has two reactor streams each feeding a common absorber. The largest can produce up to 836 MTPD.
For plants with the twin reactor configuration both lines can be installed from the start. Or by choosing the expandable versions (FE2 or FE3), you can postpone your investment in the second line. This expandable scheme has been used many times and is a good solution for a formaldehyde producer who sees good growth potential but wishes to keep the initial investment to a minimum.
Moreover, when set up for UFC production, a FORMOX plant can produce either UFC (up to 85%) or formaldehyde (up to 57%) in campaigns.
Our philosophy is to see that you get the most formaldehyde out of the least methanol at the lowest possible cost. Since specific needs and wishes vary considerably from producer to producer, we aim for the greatest possible flexibility. That's why we have a wide range of standard options, including:
a) The use of a turbocharger for supplying the process with fresh air at elevated pressure is a technological breakthrough that saves approximately one third of the power consumption of the plant.
b) Superheating of high-pressure steam in the ECS. For use in a steam turbine either inside battery limit (driving a fan on the FORMOX process) or external electrical power production. Depending on local conditions several alternatives can be considered.
UFC/HCHO. Plant design that is fully flexible between 55% HCHO and UFC85.
Methylal feedstock: FORMOX plant design can be adjusted with technology that enables the use of methylal or methylal/methanol mixtures as feedstock. Low MeOH. By optimising the loading profile extremely low MeOH in the product can be reached.
Investment. You can buy all or parts of our engineering packages, all or parts of your own equipment. In fact, if you think you can build a better plant cheaper, please do so! We´ll support you to the extent you wish.