US Company Acquires European Oleochemical Plant; Plans to Market Fatty Acid Manufacturing Facilities Globally

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IPP announces availability of an oleochemical plant complex that may be operated at its present site or relocated to a new site.

IPP, through its affiliate, is pleased to announce the immediately availability of an oleochemical plant complex for the production of fatty acid products located in Bromborough, United Kingdom. This oleochemical manufacturing factory complex can be purchased in entirety and operated at the present site in the UK. Interested parties may also purchase one of the individual fatty acid manufacturing processes and relocate the production to sites where oleochemicals manufacturing may be more attractive economically. This oleochemicals plant can produce up to 120,000 metric tons per year of fatty acid products and is available immediately. Interested parties will appreciate the cost and lead time savings versus designing and building a new plant.

The oleochemical processes of this complex use natural oils and fats in the production of fatty acids, glycerol (aka glycerin, glycerine), triacetin and sorbitan esters. The individual plants that make up this oleo-chemical plant site include a 55,000 metric tons per year split fatty acid plant, a 17,000 metric tons per year glycerin purification plant, a 15,000 metric tons per year triacetin manufacturing plant and a sorbitan ester manufacturing plant which uses an esterification process to produce up to 9,500 metric tons per year.

The fatty acid plant that has a production of fatty acid capacity up to 55,000 metric tons per year converts tallow sourced locally into fatty acids and glycerine using fatty acid splitting, fatty acid distillation, hydrogenation, wet separation and stearine flaking processes. Three splitting columns separate the oils and fats into fatty acids and glycerine. Lurgi fatty acid distillation stills refine the split fatty acids by removing the heavy ends and volatiles. The output of the fatty acid distillation process is then fed to the fatty acid separation process that separates the feed of mixed fatty acids into its saturated and unsaturated fatty acid components. A catalytic hydrogenation reaction using nickel as the catalyst takes place in the batch hardening plant to harden the range of fatty acids. The stearine flaking unit converts molten fatty acids into solid flake which is then conveyed through a sieve into bag filling machines.

The 17,000 metric tons per year glycerin purification plant refines the crude glycerine output from the fatty acid splitting process in the fatty acid plant into high purity, pharmaceutical-grade glycerol. This glycerine manufacturing unit could be purchased and relocated to a site where the crude glycerine feedstock is purchased from third parties, such as a biodiesel plant. The process dries the crude glycerine, distills it in a wiped film evaporator then condenses and steam strips it.

The sorbitan ester manufacturing plant uses a highly automated and flexible batch esterification process to produce up to 9,500 metric tons per year of finished sorbitan esters from sorbitol and fatty acids.

Triacetin is produced in a highly automated and dedicated continuous process by taking glycerine and reacting it with acetic acid and acetic anhydride in bubble column and cascading reactors. The crude triacetin is then refined further in distillation columns to strip out impurities.

In addition to the above chemical production facilities, the oleochemical plant complex includes a semi-automated drum filling system that can fill palletized drums and IBCs which are easily transported from the plant - via a highway that feeds into the UK motorway system just 3 miles away or via barges on the Mersey River just 500 meters away. The plant’s tank farm features over 250 vessels for raw materials and finished products storage with a total capacity of 36,000 metric tons, supplemented by another 6,000 metric tons in the site’s warehouses. All of the tanks are easily transported by the barges. On-site utilities include a modern gas-fired boiler house that produces 70 bar steam, potable water, air and nitrogen services. The site, which is serviced by a high-capacity 11kv electrical substation, also includes a modern office building with ample parking, a laboratory and staff changing facilities. There is plenty of space on the 27 acre site to expand an existing facility or for new construction. See more info and photos of this oleochemical fatty acid manufacturing plant complex online.

IPP also has other oleochemical plants available. One of the plants has up to 60,000 tons per year of fatty acid manufacturing capacity and the other is capable of 75 metric tons per day. IPP is also negotiating the purchase of a 35,000 ton per year Biodiesel Plant.

About International Process Plants
International Process Plants (IPP) is a self-funded global buyer and seller of surplus
manufacturing facilities, process plants, industrial real estate, and individual equipment that are no longer needed by their original owners. 80% of IPP’s purchases are from multinational companies and 20% are bought in distress situations. IPP’s business model provides the opportunity for companies to acquire such assets at competitive prices and in a fraction of the lead time of building or buying new, and serves as an outlet for companies looking to divest assets that have become surplus to their needs quickly and in a fiscally and environmentally conscious manner. IPP currently owns 17 complete plant sites including the land, buildings and equipment, 85 complete processes to be moved and operated elsewhere and a stock of 30,000 major pieces of process equipment. One of the largest companies in this business, IPP is a global company based in the US with company-owned operations in 17 countries that has been serving its 160,000 clients in the chemical, agrichemical, petrochemical, oil & gas, paper, plastic, power generation, metallurgical, fertilizer, artificial fiber, pharmaceutical and food industries for over 35 years. Learn more at

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