UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has announced that two Chinese petrochemical producers have selected UOP process technology to help meet growing demand for high value petrochemicals in China.
Shandong Huachao Chemical Co., Ltd. has chosen the UOP C4 Oleflex™ process to produce isbutylene, a key ingredient for fuels and synthetic rubber. In addition, Zibo Qixiang Tengda Chemical Co., Ltd. will use the UOP Butamer™ process to transform normal butane to isobutene and UOP’s C3/C4 Oleflex process to convert isobutene to isobutylene and propane to propylene for the production of plastics. Both companies are located in Shandong Province on China’s east coast.
These projects represent UOP’s 16th and 17th announced licenses for the Oleflex technology since the beginning on 2011, as demand for propylene and isobutylene has grown in the region. The Shandong Huachao project will be the 6th C4 Oleflex unit in China and the Zibo Qixiang Tengda project is the third combined C3/C4 Oleflex licence UOP has been awarded.
The new units are expected online in 2016. The Shandong Huachao facility will process 200 000 t of isobutene and the Zibo Qixiang Tengda facility will process 400 000 t of propane and butane feedstocks. In addition to the technology licensing, UOP will provide the engineering design, catalysts, absorbents, equipment, staff training and technical service for both projects.
Pete Piotrowski, senior vice president and general manger of UOP’s process technology and equipment business unit said, ‘China has rapidly emerged as one of the largest petrochemical producers in Asia. In the last three years, UOP has licensed technology to produce more than 8 million t of these key petrochemicals globally, including more than 5.4 million t in China, and we look forward to continuing to provide efficient, cost effective technology solutions to support the world’s increasing demand.’
Adapted from a press release by Claira Lloyd.
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