Equipment

Nova Molecular’s Bayport Facility offers custom fractional distillation and high pressure batch reaction services and is conveniently located near the Port of Houston in Pasadena, Texas.  This facility has continually been upgraded to utilize modern process and product control techniques.

Distillation Equipment

Continuous Distillation Columns (C-110 and C-150)

  • 3.5’ diameter 316 SS packed column
  • Structured packing (65 theoretical stages, 6 packed sections)
  • Bed 1: (top) 12.5’, Sulzer 352Y
  • Beds 2-6: 10.5’, Sulzer 352Y
  • Rated at FV/85 psig (C-110)/FV/100 psig (C-150) @ 550oF
  • Five feed points
  • Five side draw points
  • Overhead and bottom draw points
  • Feed, product and side draws are massmeter controlled (C-150 ref lux and bottoms also)
  • Thermo Siphon Reboiler
  • Heating utility is hot oil
  • Up to 550oF
  • Up to 10 mmBTU/hour available duty
  • 750 gallon reflux accumulator
  • Capable of phase splitting for azeotropic distillations
  • Chilled water secondary condenser @ 45oF
  • Feed Pre-heater (C-150)

11,000 gallon batch distillation system (C-130)

  • 3’ diameter 316 SS
  • Structured packing (25 theoretical stages in 2 sections) • Packed bed – 30’ structured packing, Sulzer 352Y Rated at FV/60 psig @ 550oF
  • Product and feed points are massmeter controlled Forced f low shell/tube Reboiler
  • Heating utility is hot oil
  • Up to 550oF
  • Up to 8 mmBTU/hour available duty 750 gallon reflux accumulator
  • Capable of phase splitting for azeotropic distillations Chilled water secondary condenser @ 45oF

Reaction Equipment

Hydrogenation Reactors (R-120 & R-140)

  • R-120 2,400 gallon, 316 SS, 950 psig working pressure (batch or semi-continuous)
  • 1,000 psig, 8 GPM metering pump with massmeter
  • 150 psig steam (or cooling water jacket)
  • 550oF hot oil coils (internal)
  • R-140 2,700 gallon, 316 SS, 650 psig working pressure
  • (batch or semi-continuous)
  • 700 psig, 8 GPM metering pump with massmeter
  • 150 psig steam or cooling water coils
  • Hot oil – 3” half pipe coil
  • 1,000 psig pipeline hydrogen service
  • Ekato draft tube agitators
  • Hydrogen fed via massmeter through sparge ring
  • Reactors on weigh cells
  • Up to 4% catalyst loading
  • MOTT (sintered metal filtration) systems
  • R-120 57 ft2, R-140 72 ft2

Three 7,200 gallon 304L stainless steel, 50 psi agitated reactors with coils:  T-1502, T-1503, T-1504

  • Coils for steam heating or cooling, insulated

Onsite Features

  • Anhydrous Ammonia Tank
  • Acrylonitrile Project Handling Knowledge
  • Rail Siding
  • Certified truck scale
  • Recently added 200,000 gallons of in-process production storage
  • R&D lab
  • 2 miles from the Port of Houston