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Clariant technology contract in China

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Clariant has announced that its CATOFIN® catalyst will be used in a new grassroots isobutene dehydrogenation unit which has been commissioned by Shandong Chengtai Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. CB&I has been awarded the contract for the license and engineering design of the new unit to be built in Changyi, Shandong Province, China.

The unit will use CATOFIN dehydrogenation technology offered from CB&I and Clariant’s tailor made CATOFIN catalyst to process isobutene feed for the production of 114 000 tpa of isobutylene.

Isobutylene is used as a building block to produce MTBE and other downstream products.


Daniel McCarthy, President, CB&I’s Technology operating group said, "the CATOFIN technology has been selected for 20 projects in the last five years. This award is further testament to the success of CATOFIN technology and catalyst in allowing customers to process various feedstocks at ideal conditions for the highest yields."

Stefan Heuser, Senior VP and Head of Business Unit Catalysts, Clariant said, "CATOFIN technology is a reliable and well proven technology. The first commercial propane dehydrogenation unit in China was based on CATOFIN technology and has been in successful operation since October 2013."

Adapted from press release by Claira Lloyd.

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