08/03/2012 | Editor: Dominik Stephan
ChinaCoal Mengda has bought a technology license for a new 300 kilotons/year polypropylene plant in Inner Mongolia from Dow's subsidiary Union Carbide. The new facility is part of the company's plan to establish a 500 kilotons/year petrochemical cluster in the remote province.
Midlands, Michigan/USA – ChinaCoal Mengda New Energy & Chemical Industry, a subsidiary of China National Coal, plans to license Dow's Unipol Polypropylene Process Technology, that accounts for 17 percent of global polypropylene output. The projected facility is expected to go on–stream in 2014 in Ordos City, Inner Mongolia, China, and produce homopolymers, random copolymers and impact copolymers.
With low total investment and operating costs, the UNIPOL PP Process is gaining momentum with polypropylene producers globally. Licensees benefit from our technology and product expertise and our advancements in catalyst systems technology, which enable the production of a broad spectrum of PP resins.”
Unipol is an all gas-phase process for the production of polypropylene resins. The system’s fluidized-bed reactors and high performance catalyst systems give manufacturers the flexibility to produce homopolymers, random copolymers and impact copolymers, Dow states. The technology is already used on 47 production lines worldwide.
The chemical industry traditionally uses petroleum as its basic raw material, but the escalation in crude oil prices in recent years has focused attention on the possibility of using coal instead. China’s plentiful coal reserves are fueling the development. The use of coal as a feedstock is becoming more attractive as oil prices continue to rise, especially in countries such as China, where coal is abundant. More in our background article A New Study Will Examine China’s Lead in Using Coal As a Feedstock.
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