Caprolactam upgrade

DSM Nanjing Chemical Company Ltd. (DNCC), a joint venture between DSM (The Netherlands) and NCI (Nanjing Chemical Industry Co. Ltd), has awarded Aker Kvaerner the revamp of the Caprolactam plant at its site in Nanjing (Dachang district), China. The revamp and extension of the existing complex has been awarded after successful completion of the basic engineering. The project commences immediately and is due to be completed in the second half 2005. Aker Kvaerner’s contract value for its services is in the range of USD10–15 million. Aker Kvaerner is performing the (extended) basic engineering, the project management and construction management services. The revamp project will upgrade the plant to the DSM Stamicarbon HPOplus technology and will increase production from 60,000 to 140,000 tonnes per annum, including improvement of safety and environmental aspects. The revamp includes modification work to be executed during the running of the plant and will therefore encompass several shutdowns. The project will be executed with a team of contractors including the Sinopec Nanjing Design Institute (NCIDI), and the operational organisation. The joint Aker Kvaerner / NCIDI project team will work from NCIDI offices adjacent to the plant site in Nanjing. Caprolactam (6-Amino Hexanoic Acid, Lactam) is mainly used as the feedstock for producing Nylon-6 (Polyamide 6), used to make textile, carpet and technical fibres as well as engineering plastics and packaging films.

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