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Honeywell technology selected for China’s largest petrochemicals project

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Honeywell has announced that Zhejiang Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (ZPC) will use a range of process technology from Honeywell UOP for the second phase of an integrated refining and petrochemical complex in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province, China.

The complex is one of several new large industrial sites that are part of China's current national economic development plan.

In the first phase of the project announced in 2017, ZPC selected Honeywell UOP technologies for hydroprocessing and heavy oil upgrading, and to make aromatics for plastic resins, films and fibres.

For this second phase of the project, Honeywell UOP will supply a wide range of technology licenses, engineering design, key equipment, and catalysts and adsorbents, more than doubling the plant's aromatics capacity. In addition, the Honeywell Experion® Process Knowledge System will provide process controls and automation systems for the complex.

"This second phase of the complex by itself will process 20 million tpy of crude oil and produce another 6 million tpy of aromatics when completed," said Bryan Glover, vice president and general manager, Process Technology and Equipment, at Honeywell UOP. "It will be the largest crude-to-chemicals complex in the world, with more than 50% of the crude converting to petrochemicals. Due to its sheer scale, the complex will help China move closer to achieving self-sufficiency in paraxylene while serving as a major new source of propylene, jet fuel and more."

The second phase of the project will include:

  • A two-train LD Parex aromatics complex – including the UOP Sulfolane, Isomar and Tatoray processes – for the production of 4.8 million tpy of paraxylene, a primary ingredient in plastics
  • A refining section with three Honeywell UOP Unicracking process units to convert vacuum gas oil and distillate into petrochemical feedstock.
  • Two Continuous Catalyst Regeneration (CCR) Platforming units to produce aromatics and blend stocks for making high-octane fuels, and a reverse Butamer unit to produce normal butane.
  • Honeywell Experion® Distributed Control Systems designed and configured for Honeywell UOP processes.

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