Port of Duqm has received the first containers from French shipping giant CMA CGM via the Oman Express Service operated by Oman Shipping Company through its subsidiary Oman Container Line.
The containers, which were loaded with project equipment for Sebacic Oman SAOC, soon to become the world’s largest Sebacic Acid plant in Duqm, originated from China and were transshipped via another regional port.
Port of Duqm received the containers at its early container terminal, from where they will be delivered to Sebacic Oman’s site.
Among the various castor oil derivatives, sebacic acid and dehydrated castor oil are one of the major revenue generators in the global castor oil market. Large scale adoption of sebacic acid in plasticizers, cosmetics, lubricants is catalysing its growth in the castor derivatives market.
Asia Pacific is the largest consumer of castor oil and is expected to retain the higher growth rate during the next few years due to strong growth in surface coatings, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics industry.
Over the past few years, there has been an increase in demand for sebacic acid particularly for applications such as textiles, cosmetics, households and others. Increasing demand for textiles has escalated the growth of sebacic acid.
China is the leading producer of sebacic acid and exports around 100,000 metric tons. Owing to this, Asia-Pacific is estimated to be the largest market for Sebacic acid followed by Europe and North America.
The Special Economic Zone in a’ Duqm (SEZD) celebrated the laying of the foundation stone for OMR24 million Sebacic Oman Refinery Company for the production of Sebacic acid which is the first project of its kind in the Middle East.
The project will be built on a land area of about 400,000 square meters to produce the Sebacic acid, which is extracted from castor oil and enters in many of the chemical industry, manufacturers of plastics and medicines.
Sebacic acid size was estimated over 100 kilo tons in 2014 and is likely to exceed 130 kilo tons by 2023. Polyamide application witnessed the highest sebacic acid market consumption in 2014 and is likely to gain steady rates over the forecast period.
Shift in trend towards manufacturing biobased polymers from renewable sources is a key driver for the growth of sebacic acid market. Sebacic acid is used in wide applications such as cosmetics, plasticizers, biopolyamides production etc.
Polyanhydrides are a class of biodegradable polymers that are usually unstable and prone to hydrolytic degradation and depolymerisation. They need to be stored at -20°C, packed under inert atmosphere until use.
Now researchers from Israel have found a new stable polyanhydride obtained from sebacic acid and ricinoleic acid. The new stable polyanhydride was synthesized with alternating ester anhydride structure that is stable at 25 °C for over 18 months. The copolymer is also stable in chloroform solution and under γ-irradiation.
Recent news items suggest that Oman is setting up a plant to produce sebacic oil from castor oil.
While new sebacic acid plants in themselves is not such interesting news, it is interesting to see an Oil Economy country going for a renewable oil production.
This news was first reported by CastorOil.in many months back.
In May 2015, Oman Sebacic Company, promoted by India-based Shipra Agrichem Pvt Ltd and Omani businessman Shaikh Hilal bin Khalid al Mawali, signed an agreement with for the development of this one-of-a-kind project at Duqm. Shipra operates a 10,000 metric tonnes per annum capacity sebacic acid plant in Vadodara on India’s west coast.
the plant construction is expected to start in Q1 2016.
Alongside the sebacic acid complex project is a project to cultivate 66,000 acres of castor, under a total buyback agreement by the project promoter, Pradeep Nair.
Interesting indeed. Now sure what the driver was for locating the plant in Oman, if Shipra is already operating a sebacic acid plant in India; perhaps diversifying risk, or perhaps of the investment interest shown by Oman,
What is also interesting is the cultivation of castor, I am not entirely sure if the cultivation is supposed to be happening in Oman (which I doubt). More likely, the cultivation would be in Gujarat and either the castor seeds or castor oil from the cultivated crops would be completely bought by the Omanese company.
Am looking forward to further progress of this venture.
A first-of-its-kind Sebacic acid production plant is planned to be built in Duqm 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.
Evonik, German-based specialty chemicals company, has received approval for its food contact substance ‘VESTAMID Terra DS16 natural’. VESTAMID Terra DS16 is a biobased polymer belonging to the family of PA1010 polyamides.
The polymer is based on renewable feedstock. The starting material is the castor bean and its oil derivatives. VESTAMID Terra DS is based on polyamide 1010, which is the polycondensation product of 1, 10-decamethylene diamine (D) and 1, 10-decanedoic diacid (sebacic acid – S). Both of these are derived from castor oil, which means that Terra DS is 100% Bio based.
Another polymer named Terra HS, based on polyamide 610, contains polycondensation product of 1, 6-hexamethylene diamine (H) and 1, 10-decanedoic diacid (sebacic acid – S) and is 63% biobased. Terra HS is already being approved in the EU and USA for food contact with non-alcoholic food materials.
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Solvay Specialty Polymers,France has recently announced a major extension of its Kalix® high-performance polyamide (HPPA) product line, launching a new portfolio of bio-based high-performance polyamides offered for use in smart mobile devices such as smart phones, tablets, laptops, and other smart mobile electronics.
The introduction includes the Kalix® HPPA 3000 series, the first bio-based amorphous polyphthalamides (PPAs), and the Kalix® 2000 series, a family of bio-sourced semi-crystalline polyamide grades that provide outstanding impact performance. Solvay unveiled the new materials at the 19th International Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber Worldwide, which was held on Oct. 16-23, in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Both the 2000 and 3000 series contain monomers that come from the sebacic acid chain which is derived from non-food competing and GMO-free castor oil.
Read more from here: http://www.solvay.com/en/media/press_releases/20131016-Kalix-Bio.html
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