To meet the need for formaldehyde plant capacities lower than those available from our standard FORMOX™ plant range, we have developed a plant optimised for an outstanding production cost and flexibility. Based on the standard FORMOX™ plant range, the innovative FC1 design secures many of the same characteristics: safety, reliability, and proven equipment design. Specific methanol consumption is equally low, and the plant uses the same superior catalysts as all FORMOX™ plants.

Illustration of FC1 plantThe FC1 plant is value-engineered to achieve the shortest practical project cycle, from being pre-designed, through optimum equipment lead times, and reflecting, via reduced construction costs, in a lower overall investment. All FC1 plants can be modified at the design stage to produce UFC, and can be designed with or without additional steam production.

Advantages of the FC1-plant process

The FORMOX™ process is the single most widely used formaldehyde process in the world today. Even though there are differences in the design and performance the same is true for FC1. Principal benefits of the FC1-plant:

  • Designed & supplied based on in-depth understanding of process, plants & catalysts
  • Superior yield
  • High formaldehyde concentration
  • Low MeOH content in the product
  • High steam production
  • Highest level of safety
  • Minimized environmental impact
  • Simple, reliable operation
  • Low total operating costs
  • Quality equipment at a competitive price
  • Fast, on-time delivery
  • Strong technical support & service
  • Simple and reliable UFC adaptation

How it works

The fundamental process is the same for all FORMOX™ plants. For the FC1 we have based on our long
experience in vessel design modified the design of some specific vessels (especially vaporizer and ECS unit).

Plant capacity

150 MTPD formaldehyde 37% (UFC85 92.5 MTPD)

Typical product properties

  • Formaldehyde content: up to 50% as desired
  • Methanol content: 0.3 - 0.5% (in 37%)
  • Formic acid content: 0.010 - 0.030% (in 37%) 

(all values expressed as weight %)


Note: All FC1 plants can be fitted to produce UFC (Urea Formaldehyde Concentrate) directly in the absorber tower. UFC goes mainly into two applications – coating of urea prills, and UF resins.

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