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Clariant and CB&I collaborate on dehydrogenation project

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Clariant has been awarded a contract by Jinneng Science & Technology Co. to design the world’s largest single-train propane dehydrogenation unit in collaboration with CB&I. The plant will be located in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China, and have the capacity to produce 900 000 tpy of propylene when completed.

Clariant and CB&I collaborate on dehydrogenation project

The project is based on CB&I’s CATOFIN propane dehydrogenation technology, combined with Clariant’s custom-made CATOFIN® catalyst and Heat Generating Material. The partners have previously collaborated on numerous projects to design specialised propane dehydrogenation units globally.

The CATOFIN process is a proven and highly reliable technology of producing olefins, such as propylene or isobutylene, from light paraffin feedstocks with high operational reliability and efficiency. Based on Clariant’s state-of-the-art catalysts, the technology allows maximum conversion of raw materials at optimum reactor pressure and temperature, resulting in high yields at lower operating costs. Incorporated into the process, Clariant’s metal-oxide Heat Generating Material further increases the catalyst’s selectivity and yield, while conserving energy and reducing emissions.

Jinneng Science & Technology Co. is a major industrial producer of fine chemical products and coal chemical products. As sustainability is a core component of their business strategy, the company integrates energy efficiency, environmental protection and innovative recycling practices into all production processes.

Qingping Qin, Founder and CEO of Jinneng Science & Technology Co., commented: “We are proud to be building the world’s largest propane dehydrogenation unit using the proven and advanced CATOFIN technology. It will enable us to generate tremendous economic benefit and to realise our ambitious development strategy in the years to come.”

Stefan Heuser, Senior Vice President & General Manager Business Unit Catalysts at Clariant, stated: “Clariant is honored to be part of this historic project for Jinneng Science & Technology Co. We share their passion for sustainability, which is an integral part of our innovation chain.”

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