FORMOX process

No other process gives you as much formaldehyde (or UFC) per ton of methanol. Since methanol is the chief cost of formaldehyde/UFC production, the FORMOX™ process means superior overall economy.

The process enables the production of concentrations above 55%, which means reduced costs of downstream production, storage and transport.

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Typical product properties

 

Formaldehyde content:
37 - 57% as desired

Methanol content

0,3 - 0,5% (in 37%)*

Formic acid content

0,010 - 0,030% (in 37%)

(All values expressed as weight %)

 

* A lower methanol content can be achieved if needed. Contact us for details. For the few applications where a higher methanol content may be required, pure methanol is easily added to the product without losing the economic advantages of a highly efficient process.

Advantages of the FORMOX process

What makes the FORMOX process the single most widely used formaldehyde process in the world today? The list below covers some of the principal benefits:

  • Designed and supplied based on in-depth understanding of process, plants and catalysts
  • Superior yield
  • High formaldehyde concentration (above 55%)
  • Low MeOH content in the product
  • High steam production
  • High level of safety
  • Improved carbon footprint
  • Simple, reliable operation
  • Low total operating costs
  • Quality equipment at a competitive price
  • Fast, on-time delivery
  • Strong technical support andservice
  • Simple and reliable UFC adaptation.

 

Performance

Our active R&D has led to constant improvement in plant performance. The figures you see here are actual performance figures that are typical for today’s plants operating with the FORMOX process. We don’t quote theoretical fantasies!

 

Typical performance figures

(based on 37 wt-% concentration)

 

Per metric ton

Per 1 000 lbs

Methanol

421-426

1

Electricity (for blower)

30-70 kWh

15-30 kWh2

Cooling water

35 m3

4 200 US gal

Catalyst

0.03-.0.5 kg

3

Steam produced4

780kg

1 720 lbs

Steam pressure

12-22 bar g

174-319 psi

 

(1) Molar yield of 92.6-93.7% (15.55-15.75 lbs/US gal @ 60ºF).
(2) Range covering different power saving options and age of catalyst.
(3) 20,000-30,000 kg (lbs) of formaldehyde per kg (lb) catalyst, depending on operating conditions.
(4) Saturated steam - steam can be exported as an option.

Per metric ton

Per 1 000 lbs

Methanol

421-426

(1)

Electricity (for blower)

30-70 kWh

15-30 kWh (2)

Cooling water

35 m3

4 200 US gal

Catalyst

0.03-.0.5 kg

(3)

Steam produced (4)

780 kg

1 720 lbs

Steam pressure

12-22 bar g

174-319 psi

Per metric ton

Per 1 000 lbs

Methanol

421-426

(1)

Electricity (for blower)

30-70 kWh

15-30 kWh (2)

Cooling water

35 m3

4 200 US gal

Catalyst

0.03-.0.5 kg

(3)

Steam produced (4)

780 kg

1 720 lbs

Steam pressure

12-22 bar g

174-319 psi

 

Per metric ton

Per 1 000 lbs

Methanol

421-426

(1)

Electricity (for blower)

30-70 kWh

15-30 kWh (2)

Cooling water

35 m3

4 200 US gal

Catalyst

0.03-.0.5 kg

(3)

Steam produced (4)

780 kg

1 720 lbs

Steam pressure

12-22 bar g

174-319 psi

 

 

Per metric ton

Per 1 000 lbs

Methanol

421-426

(1)

Electricity (for blower)

30-70 kWh

15-30 kWh (2)

Cooling water

35 m3

4 200 US gal

Catalyst

0.03-.0.5 kg

(3)

Steam produced (4)

780 kg

1 720 lbs

Steam pressure

12-22 bar g

174-319 psi

 

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