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TechnipFMC to license Sumitomo’s HCl oxidation technology

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

TechnipFMC has announced that it has signed an exclusive collaboration agreement with Sumitomo Chemical Co. to license and engineer Sumitomo’s hydrogen chloride (HCI) oxidation technology.

The technology is used to produce chlorine via the catalytic oxidation of HCl.

Chlorine is utilised in a variety of petrochemical processes while hydrogen chloride is often an unwanted byproduct from those same processes. The HCl oxidation technology provides a route for recycling chlorine gas from hydrogen chloride.

The technology uses a unique oxidation catalyst and proprietary reactor system to produce chlorine at high conversion rates. The process requires very little external utilities compared to other options for producing chlorine. Pioneered by Sumitomo, the process has started up in seven trains located in eastern Asia and Europe.

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