Yesterday Zakłady Azotowe “CHORZÓW” launched manufacturing of stearin, glycerin and distilled fatty acids. Upon the completion of the 65-million PLN investment, Nitrates Works in Chorzów gained the first and only installation for processing of animal fats and vegetable oils in Poland.
The new production line utilizes a kind of renewable resources which has not been popular in Polish chemical plants. Moreover, the start-up of the installation confirms the development strategy of the whole Grupa Azoty “PUŁAWY” S.A.. “PUŁAWY” has been stressing the importance of growth towards bioproducts manufacturing, goods which may find application in new business areas. Such enterprises as the one just finished in Chorzów constitute a reply to the evolving needs of the customers.
Beginning of oleochemical investments
In oleochemical installations, such as the one freshly launched in Chorzów, natural resources are processed into intermediary products. Those are next used in various industries, including grocery, pharmaceutical, fuel and chemical sectors. The most interesting product are methyl esters of fatty acids useful in the production of fuel.
The only stearin manufacturer in the country
Fat Processing Installation which has been started up in Zakłady Azotowe “CHORZÓW” is the only domestic enterprise producing stearin. The product will find application in rubber and candle manufacturing, as well as chemical, pharmaceutical and mining industries. Stearin in essential for the manufacturing of rubber, caoutchouc, candles and filling for memorial candles.
Responding to market needs
Fat Processing Department is capable of processing 16,000 tonnes of resource annually! Stearin will be manufactured in Chorzów using hydrogenation of fatty acids. Those will initially be obtained from animal fat, but in a longer perspective the installation is also to process vegetable oils.
In response to demand for products with various parameters, particular clients may order stearin with chosen iodine adsorption value (in the range from 1 to 20 g l2/100g), with low proportion of acids with < C16 chains.