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PKN ORLEN licenses Honeywell technology for phenol production

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Honeywell has announced that PKN ORLEN plans to use the UOP Q-MaxTM and Phenol 3G technologies to produce 200 000 tpy of phenol at its facility in Plock, Poland. UOP is providing a licence for the technology, in addition to basic engineering design services, plus key equipment, catalysts and adsorbents and technical services.

As part of the project, UOP will provide a cumene unit and a phenol unit with alpha methyl styrene hydrogenation. When completed, the new complex would increase PKN’s market position in high-margin petrochemicals including phenol and acetone.

“These technologies make it possible for PKN ORLEN to extend its benzene production into phenol and acetone derivatives”, said Bryan Glover, Vice President and General Manager of Honeywell UOP’s Petrochemicals & Refining Technologies business. “By doing so, PKN ORLEN would be in a position to meet the growing demand for phenol and other petrochemicals in Poland and even become a net exporter of those products.”

Cumene is the primary building block for making phenol and its derivatives. UOP’s Q-Max process converts benzene and propylene into high-quality cumene at low benzene-to-propylene ratios using regenerable catalysts that reduce by-product transalkylation catalyst requirements, and lower utility consumption and capital requirements for downstream fractionation equipment.

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