$62.7 million Sebacic Acid Project to come up in Duqm

A first-of-its-kind Sebacic acid production plant is planned to be built in DuqSebacic acidm Special Economic Zone with an investment of $62.7 million and the chairman of the Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (SEZAD) and the representatives of Sebacic Acid Oman Company have signed an agreement.

The plant will be spread over 400,000 square meters of land and will be the first-of-its-kind in the Middle East.


Growing Castor Oil Industry

Castor oil manufacturing is similar to that of other oil seeds and hence it can be manufactured by utilizing the existing equipments that are locally available. The castor seeds contain about 48 – 50% oil by weight. After extraction, the oil can be further processed to get a number of derivatives which can be used in various industrial applications. The average seed yields range from 900 – 1000 kg/ha under irrigation.

India is the leading producer of castor seeds followed by China. Fuerst Day Lawson is pioneering in castor oil supply in Europe, with over 40 years’ experience buying directly from the producers of India, China and Brazil.C_plant

Castor oil, is not only as a lubricant, but also play a vital role in the polymer industry as it is gives polyamide-nylon 11.

The global market for generation II castor oil derivatives is estimated at about $300 million. Some of the high yielding varieties of castor oil in India are NPH-1 (Aruna), GAUCH-4 and TMVCH.

Know more from Comprehensive Castor Oil Report

Castor Oil Derivatives for Agrochemicals

Etocas and Croduret (trade names) are vegetable-derived nonionic surfactants which find widespread use in agrochemicals as general emulsifiers and solubilisers. They are of particular value as biodegradable, sustainable alternatives to nonyl phenol ethoxylates. Etocas and Croduret , both   marketed by Croda,  are ethoxylated castor oil and ethoxylated hydrogenated castor oil respectively.

The emulsion characteristics judged were

1. Ease of dispersion of the surfactant/solvent mixture in water at 25ºC

2. The particle size of the resulting emulsion

Lower molar ethoxylates of castor oil are used as dispersing agents for oil based systems. They  are generally considered to present no special hazards. However, as with other nonionic surface active agents of this type, they may be irritating to the eyes as supplied.

More from here: http://www.chservice.ru/download/Etocas%20and%20Croduret.pdf

3 Million Acres of Castor Bean to be Developed in China, SE Asia

In Singapore, Legend Venture and Home Touch Holding have started a program to develop 3 million acres over the next five years to cultivate castor in China and unnamed southeast Asian countries.In 2011, Legend and Home Touch expect to develop 30,000 acres, as well as find investors and land. The castor oil is known for its use in lubricants, nylon, paints and soap.  While castor oil can be used in biofuels, it has yet to be economically viable in China.

More from here: http://biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2011/01/14/3-million-acres-of-castor-bean-to-be-developed-in-china-se-asia/