Haltermann Carless Completes Hydogenation Plant For Pentane

Aug. 2, 2021
The company says it will become the world's largest cyclopentane producer.

Haltermann Carless plant in Speyer

Haltermann Carless, part of the HCS Group and a supplier of hydrocarbon offerings, says it will become the world's largest producer of cyclopentane and cyclopentane blends following the completion of its new hydrogenation plant at its Speyer site in Germany. The company anticipates it will significantly increase its production capacity of cyclopentane by up to 70% by the first quarter of 2022.

René Tessmann, business unit manager, industrial at Haltermann Carless, says the company is observing extremely high demand for its blowing agent due to the importance of energy efficiency in building insulation as a result of the European Green Deal. "With our new hydrogenation plant, we can address the capacity shortfall on the global market, steadily expand our market presence in important industries and regions and contribute to greater sustainability together with our customers."

Around 100,000 tons of different hydrogenated products - including cyclopentane - can be processed annually in the plant depending on the feedstock used, according to the company.

Haltermann Carless says it is the only European company that produces all three types of pentane. The blowing agent cyclopentane offers the highest quality of the three isomers, along with n- and iso-pentane, according to the company. In polyurethane (PU) foams, cyclopentane provides a particularly high insulating effect and contributes to efficient insulation of buildings and refrigerators. Energy efficiency is one of the seven pillars in the "Fit for 55" climate protection package recently published by the European Union, whereby highly efficient thermal insulation and building insulation will play a decisive role in achieving the target, according to the company

The Speyer hydrogenation plant reportedly is the largest investment Haltermann Carless has made since becoming part of the HCS Group. In addition to the pentane product line, the plant will also be used to produce middle distillates with a high degree of purity, as required by the pharmaceutical or printing ink industries. The plant will also allow the company to develop and offer new types of products and facilitate the production of renewable hydrocarbons in the future, according to the company.

For more information, visit: www.haltermann-carless.com