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PDH plant hits record production rates

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CB&I and SK Advanced Co. Ltd (SKA) have announced that they have achieved record production rates and outstanding operation of a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant in Seoul, South Korea.

The plant uses CB&I’s CATOFIN® technology and Clariant’s most advanced dehydrogenation catalyst for the nameplate production of 600 000 tpy of propylene. CB&I announced the license and basic engineering contract for this plant in March 2013.

Brian Muldoon, CB&I’s Senior Vice President of Petrochemicals, said: “We congratulate SKA on achieving more than 110% of the nameplate production in the first year of operation […] Our proven CATOFIN propane dehydrogenation technology offers the customer both highest reliability and highest yield of any commercially available dehydrogenation technologies.”

On 8 March 2017, a small ceremony was held at the SKA headquarters to commemorate the first anniversary of the successful operation of the PDH project. In its first year, the plant has experienced record production rates as well as record on-stream time.

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