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Ethylene cracker passes performance tests

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

TechnipFMC’s technology and design are part of CSPCL’s 1 million tpy cracker, which recently passed all performance tests.

The tests confirm that the performance targets for the furnaces and recovery section have been met.

TechnipFMC’s scope included the technology and front-end engineering design (FEED) for the cracker and the design of the nine furnaces. This new ethylene cracker will more than double the current production level at the Nanhai petrochemical complex. The furnaces are designed to crack ethane, light naphtha, heavy naphtha, hydrocoked naphtha and refinery dry gas, as well as other feedstocks, and to produce polymer grade ethylene and polymer grade propylene (the basic materials for making ethylene oxide, ethylene glycol, propylene oxide and high-quality polyol and polyolefins).

The work was executed by the company’s operating centre in Houston, Texas, US.

The CSPCL Nanhai complex is the largest single-site complex in China. As a 50/50 joint venture (JV) between CNOOC and Shell, the complex is the largest Sino-foreign JV in history. Located in the Guangdong Province, CSPCL was designed to produce more and better chemical products to help meet the growing domestic demand.

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