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Grace and Ningxia Baofeng Energy collaborate

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W. R. Grace & Co. has contracted to license its UNIPOL® PP Process Technology and services to Ningxia Baofeng Energy Group Co., Ltd for a new methanol-to-olefin (MTO) facility in Ningxia, China. The new reactor line is expected to begin operations in late 2018.

Ningxia Baofeng Energy Group manufactures, processes and markets petrochemical products, including methanol and olefin. Its polypropylene (PP) unit is designed to produce 300 kilotons/yr of homopolymer, random copolymers, and impact copolymers. Grace's all gas-phase technology provides an advanced and broad range of homopolymers, random copolymers and impact copolymers.

The project is the 22nd UNIPOL PP Process Technology reactor line license in China. With this license, the total design capacity of UNIPOL PP lines in China will reach nearly 7000 kilotons/yr.

Chen Zhaoyuan, Vice President of Ningxia Baofeng Energy Group, said: “The focus for our new MTO plant is to serve the growing PP market demand in China with the most economical investment and with broad product capability. We are glad to work with Grace to meet our business objectives using the UNIPOL PP technology.”

Al Beninati, President of Grace’s Specialty Catalysts business segment, said: “Grace is very pleased to be the PP process technology of choice for Ningxia Baofeng’s new MTO operation. Combined with our non-phthalate CONSISTA® catalysts, the state-of-the-art system will enable Ningxia Baofeng to provide a wide portfolio of quality products to its customers.”

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