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Production Process and Capacities

1. Production Activities

For coconut oil and copra expeller cake – copra, the dried coconut meat is physically reduced in size and fed to cracking and flaking rollers which further reduces the size of the copra particle and open up the oil bearing fibers. It is then heated up to about 90 deg. Centrigrade in a steam rotary dryer and then fed to expellers which mechanically extracts the oil. The crude coconut oal emanating from the expellers is pumped into a filter press where solid particles and impurities are filtered out. The clear crude coconut oil is then pumped into storage tanks. The copra expeller cake coming out of the expellers is cooled down to about 35 deg. Centrigrade in a vertical cake cooler and conveyed to the copra cake storage warehouse. (see flow sheet)

 

For refined/cochin coconut oil – crude coconut oil from the storage tanks is initially degummed using citric acid and then dosed with a mixture of activated bleaching clay and activated carbon. The mixture is heated up to about 100 deg. Centigrade and filtered by means of pressure leaf filters. The filtered oil is further heated to about 250 deg. Centigrade and fed to the stripping column where the fatty acid is removed and the oil is deodorized. The processed oil is then cooled down to about 50 deg. Centrigrade, filtered by means of bag polishing filters and pumped to storage.

 

For fatty acids – neutral oils such as coconut oil or palm oil is fed under pressure into a fat splitter and under temperatures exceeding 250 deg. C split into fatty acids and crude glycerine. The fatty acid stream is fed into fractionation and distillation columns were different fatty acid cuts are derived. The crude glycerine is concentrated, treated and then distilled into refined glycerine.

 

For soap noodle – different fractions of fatty acids depending on market requirements are combined and reacted with caustic soda to form liquid soap. This is then spray dried and extruded into soap noodle.

2. Machinery and Equipment

  • Oil Mill
    • 3 units hammer mills
    • 2 units cracking and flaking roll mills
    • 2 units steam rotary dryers
    • 15 units expellers
    • 2 units pressure¯leaf filters
  • Oil Refinery
    • 1 unit degumming tank
    • 1 unit bleaching tank
    • 3 units pressure leaf filters
    • 1 unit stripping column / deodorizer
    • 5 ufits of heat exchangers
    • 1 unit thermal heater
  • Oleo Chemical Plant
    • 1 unit hydrolyzer (fat splitting column)
    • 1 unit light ends fractionation column
    • 1 unit C12-14 fractionation column
    • 1 unit C16-C18 distillation column
    • 1 unit glycerine distillation column
    • 1 unit high pressure reboiler
    • 2 units of thermal oil heaters
    • 2 units treatment tanks for sweet water
    • 2 units plate and frame filters
  • Soap Noodle Plant
    • 1 unit multi-headed proportioning pump
    • 1 unit turbo mixer
    • 1 unit reactor
    • 1 unit spray dryer
    • 1 unit soap noodle silo

3. Support Facilities

  • Sub-Contractors - NONE
  • Warehouses
    • 1 unit copra warehouse 6000 sq.m.
    • 1 unit copra expeller warehouse  1200 sq.m.
    • 1 unit warehouse  1500 sq.m.
    • 1 unit warehouse 3500 sq.m.
    • 2 units steel storage tank of 2600 mt each
    • 1 unit steel storage tank 1500 mt
    • 1 unit steel storage tank 2500 mt
    • 1 unit steel storage tank 2000 mt
    • 1 unit steel storage tank 500 mt
    • 2 units stainless storage tank 1000 mt
    • 1 unit stainless storage tank 2700 mt
  • Power
    • Power is presently drawn from the NPC Mindanao grid thru the local cooperative. Monthly average consumption is about 400,000 kw-hr. The company has standby generators with total capacity of about 4.5 MW.
  • Pier with 12.0 m draft and 86 m berth length capable to take in 40-50,000 mt DWT ocean going vessels.
  • Plant site – 4 hectares located within the city proper along the seashore zoned for heavy industries.
  • The company employs about 100 regular workers. It operates its oil mill on 3 shifts of 8 hours each/day.
  • Raw Material Consumption
    • Copra
    • Activated bleaching clay
    • Activated carbon

History and Status of Operation

Operational since founding. At times when copra supply is low, operations would be curtailed. Normally it would operate on an average 25 days a month, 12 months a year. Non-operation time is used for services and maintenance of machinery.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 August 2011 11:34