Lehigh Valley firm to build facility to meet fracking chemical demand

By - Last modified: January 28, 2014 at 10:44 AM

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An Allentown chemical company is partnering with a company from New York state to build and operate a choline chloride facility in Louisiana to meet the growing demand for the product because of natural gas and oil fracking.

Taminco Corp. of Allentown and Balchem Corp. of New Hampton, N.Y., both have existing production facilities in St. Gabriel, La., where the new facility will be built.

Choline Chloride is used as a clay stabilizer in drilling and hydraulic fracturing operations.

The facility will be built on property owned by Balchem. Both companies will invest into expanding existing assets into a world-scale production unit. A dollar figure was not provided.

The facility is expected to be completed in 2015.

Officials of Taminco declined to comment.

Stacy Wescoe

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