Cogeneration plant aimed at making Sabic more energy efficient

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: December 3, 2013 3:36 pm ET
Updated: December 4, 2013 5:18 pm ET

Image By: Sabic Innovative Plastics The Mount Vernon plant was opened in 1960 by GE Plastics.

Related to this story

Topics Materials, Sustainability, Materials Suppliers
Companies & Associations Sabic Innovative Plastics

Sabic Innovative Plastics is making a major infrastructure investment at its production site in Mount Vernon, Ind.

Sabic plans to build a cogeneration plant in Mount Vernon that will use natural gas to produce a majority of steam used at the site. Currently, Sabic IP uses coal boilers to generate about 40 percent of the site's steam. The new co-gen plant will address Environmental Protection Agency standards as well as offering an economical and sustainable solution, officials with Pittsfield, Mass.-based Sabic IP said in a Dec. 3 news release.

The firm also is investing in new technology at the Mount Vernon site that will increase the location's production efficiency by 20-30 percent. The new technology will use less steam and electricity and also will improve the site's competitive position, officials said.

The investments are the largest made in Mount Vernon in the last 30 years, plant manager Joe Castrale said in the release. They also "are in-line with our commitment as a business to serving our customers and supporting the communities where we operate," he added.

The new technology is expected to be in place by 2015. No date was provided for the opening of the co-gen plant. The projects are expected to create 150-200 temporary construction jobs.

The co-gen plant is expected to open in 2017. No cost estimate for that plant or for the technology investment was available.

"These investments demonstrate [Sabic IP's] commitment to being the preferred supplier of engineering thermoplastics, while continuing to pursue its ambitious sustainability objectives," manufacturing vice president Mike Walsh said in the release.

The Mount Vernon plant was opened in 1960 by GE Plastics, which was acquired in 2007 by Saudi Basic Industries Corp., the parent company of Sabic IP. The site is Sabic's largest U.S. manufacturing facility, employing 1,200 and producing Lexan-brand polycarbonate as well as other engineering resins and compounds.


Comments

Cogeneration plant aimed at making Sabic more energy efficient

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: December 3, 2013 3:36 pm ET
Updated: December 4, 2013 5:18 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

World Plastics Council takes on sustainbility for its initial priorities

November 25, 2014 9:51 am ET

The recently formed World Plastics Council (WPC) has set marine debris and post-consumer recycling and energy recover as its initial top priorities.    More

Image

AMA Plastics adds presses, changes management structure

November 24, 2014 3:57 pm ET

AMA Plastics Inc. has strengthened its management structure, received recognition for entrepreneurship, achieved quality improvements and added three ...    More

Image

Indian plastics group targets waste

November 24, 2014 12:46 pm ET

An Indian plastics environmental group and the country's largest brand for packaged water, Bisleri International Pvt. Ltd., have launched a trial...    More

Image

Can plastics return to the driver's seat?

November 24, 2014 6:00 am ET

When the June 1989 issue of Popular Science introduced three cutting-edge automotive technologies, including the latest Corvette and a powerful...    More

Image

PET brought the water bottle revolution

November 24, 2014 6:00 am ET

The single-serve plastic water bottle is ubiquitous in today's culture. But that hasn't always been the case. Not by a long shot.    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Brazil - State of the Industry Report

This in-depth report examines the Brazilian plastics industry from a historical and geographical context. Our analysts provide insight on economic trends and forecasts, growing manufacturing sectors that utilize plastics, private investment opportunities, market environment challenges, and innovations in R&D.

Data tables and charts on producer prices, trade, plastics production and end market indicators is also included.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molders Market Report & Ranking 2014

This special package contains our 132-page 2014 Market Report on the Injection Molding segment and our exclusive 2014 RANKINGS database of 500+ Injection Molders for a discounted package price.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events