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Sulfate Turpentine Conversion Plant

Market: Process Chemical
Delivery Method: Engineer-Procure-Construct (EPC)
Services Provided: EPC
Project Size: $50 Million

ONeal provided Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) services for a new crude/deodorized sulfate turpentine conversion plant. The facility is a replication of DRTs plant located at their Bedoin, France headquarters.

This grassroots processing plant, on 60-acres, will be capable of processing 25,000 metric tons per year of crude sulfate turpentine into alphapinene, beta-pinen, dipentene, desulfurized alpha pinene and myrcene. This is achieved through a series of distillation separation systems. Raw materials will arrive in bulk by train and finished product will be shipped in bulk by iso-tanks or in drums in its containers. DRTs goal is to build the most modern turpentine distillation plant in the world, including state-of-the-art safety and pollution controls.

Phase One of this project consisted of a feasibility study to provide DRT with preliminary design documents, a funding cost estimate for engineering, procurement, construction, and start-up/commission services, and regulatory assessment to determine the permitting requirements for the facility. ONeal is currently managing all phases of the plant design and construction. Construction on the project started in May 2016 and was completed in May 2017.

Based in Southwestern France, DRT specializes in pine chemistry and uses natural and renewable raw materials, primarily turpentine from pine trees, to produce a wide variety of products including ingredients for perfumes, resins used in adhesives and chewing gum, and many others. The new facility will be the companys first U.S. production facility. DRTs U.S. subsidiary, DRT America LLC, will operate the plant.