INEOS Aromatics Zhuhai achieves energy efficiency recognition for fifth year in succession
INEOS Aromatics in Zhuhai, China, has once again been named as an ‘Energy Efficiency Leader’ and benchmark enterprise in the PTA industry by the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation in Beijing. It makes the business the only producer to receive the accolade for five consecutive years since this national ranking program was expanded to include the production of purified terephthalic acid (or PTA).
The PTA the business produces is the preferred raw material for producing polyester fiber, packaging resin and film, used to manufacture clothing, home textiles, packaging materials, optical films and other livelihood and industrial supplies in the Guangdong Province.
It’s produced using INEOS Aromatics’ world-leading PTA technology, which delivers significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions, water discharge and solid waste disposal than conventional technologies. The Zhuhai plant is so efficient that it’s a net exporter of electricity to the grid.
Bill Zhao, INEOS Aromatics Asia Business Director, said:
‘The award recognizes both the inherent advantages of our PTA technology and the fantastic efforts of our team, who continuously optimize operations and operate the plant with rigour. This enables us to continue demonstrating our sustainability leadership by driving down emissions in line with INEOS’ net zero commitments and offer customers a consistently competitive, reliable service, even during challenging market conditions.’
As well as Zhuhai, China, INEOS Aromatics’ differentiating PTA technology has also been installed in its production facilities in Geel, Belgium, Cooper River, USA, and most recently Merak, Indonesia. The business is also piloting the use of polyester recycling technology, Infinia, that could make difficult-to-recycle polyester plastic waste infinitely recyclable.