Chem plant in Texas

AgriTec Systems Inc. (Webster, Texas, USA) plans to build a USD 3.2 million sodium silicate and activated carbon products plant located in Stuttgart, Arkansas. Producers Rice Mill (Stuttgart, Arkansas) has formed a joint venture with AgriTec, named AgritecSorbents, that will finance, engineer, construct and operate the new plant. Construction is slated to begin in January 2003 and should be completed the third quarter of 2003. The Stuttgart plant will be the first manufacturing plant using AgriTec’s patented technology. The process uses the raw material rice hull ash (RHA), which is the waste product from rice mill co-generation facilities, to produce liquid sodium silicate and activated carbon products. Sodium silicate is used in the production of soap, detergents, rubber and plastic products. Producers Rice Mill currently generates 12,000 tons a year of RHA and AgriSorbents’ neighbouring plant will use that RHA to produce 25,000 tons per year of liquid sodium silicate and 5000 tons of activated carbon.

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