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Mitsui Chemicals and partners launch pilot naphtha cracker project

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., Maruzen Petrochemical Co., Ltd., Toyo Engineering Corp. and Sojitz Machinery Corp. have announced that a joint pilot project to be demonstrated by the four companies is to be funded by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

The project partners had applied to the Green Innovation Fund for projects aimed at the development of technology for producing raw materials for plastics using CO2 and other sources, focusing in particular on the development of advanced technologies for naphtha crackers.

The goal of the pilot project is to switch naphtha crackers from running on conventional methane-based fuel to one in which ammonia is the principal component, thereby reducing the CO2 emissions generated by combustion to virtually zero. The trial is expected to run for 10 years, from FY2021 until FY2030, in order to be implemented in society after feasibility has been demonstrated in an entirely ammonia-fired commercial cracker in the project’s final year.

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