Solutia starts up new acrylonitrile plant

Solutia Inc. says its newest acrylonitrile plant is the largest in the world, with 1 billion lb of capacity. Solutia announced the facility's startup Monday. The plant is in the Chocolate Bayou location in Alvin, Tex. The plant's output will be used to supply Solutia's internal business and sold on the acrylonitrile marketplace.


Solutia Inc. says its newest acrylonitrile plant is the largest in the world, with 1 billion lb of capacity. Solutia announced the facility's startup Monday. The plant is in the Chocolate Bayou location in Alvin, Tex.

The plant's output will be used to supply Solutia's internal business and sold on the acrylonitrile marketplace. Most of the merchant output from the Chocolate Bayou plant is already under contract for several years, said Solutia.

Solutia said it is the world's largest consumer of acrylonitrile.

"We now have an extremely efficient, reliable source of this key material, which will in large part replace our need for merchant purchases, and which supports our corporation's dedication to growth through additional sales of AN,'' said John Ferguson, senior vice president and general manager for Solutia's integrated nylon chain.

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