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Chemicals from the Coal Facility of Eastman Chemical Company was the first in the United States to use coal rather than petroleum as a raw material in the commercial production of acetyl chemicals — important building blocks in the synthesis of a wide range of consumer products. The plant, located in Kingsport, Tennessee, began operation in 1983 after more than a decade of planning and construction, prompted by the oil embargoes of the 1970s. By substituting locally available, high-sulfur coal, this process conserves petroleum previously required for the production of these high-volume chemicals.

The Eastman Chemical plant was the first in the United States to use coal rather than petroleum as a raw material in the commercial production of acetyl chemicals – important building blocks in the synthesis of a wide range of consumer products, including plastics, textile fibers, and photographic film.
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Courtesy Eastman Chemical Company.
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Flow diagram for the chemicals from coal facility.
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