Oleflex Process Technology Chinese Petrochemicals Plant to Use Honeywell UOP's Oleflex Process

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Honeywell UOP will provide its Oleflex Process Technology for a petrochemical plant of Lijin in China. A new 170,000 tons–per–year isobutene plant (startup in 2015) will use Honeywell's technology to produce raw materials for fuels and synthetic rubber.

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Jina/PR China –The deal is UOP’s 15th Oleflex project in China in the past three years. Lijin Petrochemical also will use Honeywell’s UOP Butamer process, which converts normal butane into isobutane to increase feedstock flexibility for the UOP Oleflex process.

“As the need for fuels and petrochemical intermediates continues to grow around the globe, UOP is providing solutions that help producers meet local demand and capture a high return on their investment,” said Pete Piotrowski, senior vice president and general manager of Honeywell’s UOP Process Technology and Equipment business unit. “UOP’s Oleflex technology will be used in China to produce about 1 million metric tons annually of isobutylene, and we look forward to working with Lijin to make this project a success.”

New 170.000 Tons Per Year Isobutene Production in China

The new unit, which is expected to start up in 2015, will produce 170,000 metric tons annually of isobutylene product at its facility in Shandong Province, China. UOP will provide the engineering design, technology licensing, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, staff training, and technical service for the project.

The Butamer process converts normal butane to isobutane, achieving the high selectivity with low energy and low capital investment. The C4 Oleflex process uses catalytic dehydrogenation to convert isobutane to isobutylene. Compared with competing processes, Oleflex technology provides the lowest cash cost of production, the highest return on investment, and the smallest environmental footprint. As a result of its strong economics and technical advantages, the Oleflex process has been selected to support 80 percent of the light paraffin dehydrogenation projects around the world.

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