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Honeywell UOP technology for Chinese petrochemicals

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has announced that Ningxia Baota Chemical Fiver Co., Ltd of China is to use Honeywell UOP’s latest generation technologies and equipment to build an energy efficient petrochemical complex. The facility will be in Yinchuan City, Ningxia and produce valuable petrochemicals as well as high quality gasoline, and is expected to come online in 2018.

Contract details

The facility will be the first in China to use the company’s energy efficient aromatics complex design to convert heavy naphtha, a product of the oil refining process, into 800 000 tpy of high purity paraxylene. The facility will also produce 520 000 tpy of high quality gasoline and 200 000 tpy of benzene, a basic petrochemical building block. In addition to licensing, Honeywell UOP will provide the basic engineering, commissioning services, training services, proprietary equipment, catalysts and adsorbents for the new complex.

Technologies licensed for the complex include:

  • The UOP Naphtha Hydrotreating process to pretreat reforming feed.
  • The UOP CCR Platforming process to convert low quality naphtha to high octane blending components for gasoline and a feed for aromatics production.
  • The UOP Extractive Distillation Sulfolane process to recover high purity benzene and toluene.
  • The UOP Tatoray process to increase production of benzene and xylenes.
  • The UOP Parex process to recover paraxylene from mixed xylenes.
  • The UOP Isomar process to convert mixed xylenes or naphtha reformate into more valuable high purity paraxylene.
  • The UOP Par-Isom process to upgrade light naphtha into high value isomerate for gasoline blending.


Mike Millard, Vice President and General Manager, Honeywell UOP’s Process Technology and Equipment Business said, “nowhere in the world is paraxylene demand growing as fast as it is in Asia. UOP’s next generation aromatics technology combines the latest catalysts and adsorbents with an energy efficient design to reduce energy consumption by as much as 20%, helping achieve the lowest cost of operation for paraxylene producers in the industry. With UOP technology, Ningxia Baota can become a more competitive player in the Asian paraxylene market, which accounts for 83% of the global paraxylene demand.”

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