Solutia expands acrylonitrile capacity

Solutia's new acrylonitrile plant makes the Chocolate Bayou complex one of the largest producers in the world.Click here to enlarge imageSolutia Inc., St. Louis, started up its newest acrylonitrile plant at the end of November 2000. In 1999, Solutia began construction of the $200 million project to bring its 525 million lb/year acrylonitrile facility, in the Chocolate Bayou area in Alvin, Tex., to 1 billion lb/year. The new plant makes the complex one of the largest acrylonitrile producers in the world.The facility's output will both supply Solutia's nylon and acrylic fiber internal businesses and be sold on the acrylonitrile marketplace. Most of the merchant output from the...

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