Houston-based Enterprise Products Operating has chosen Honeywell UOP’s C4 Oleflex technology to produce 425,000 metric tons per year of isobutylene.
Des Plaines/USA — Isobutylene is used to make high-octane fuel and high-performance synthetic rubbers and acrylics.
In addition to technology licensing, the engineering services contractor will provide the basic engineering design, control systems, catalysts and adsorbents for the plant, which is located in Mont Belvieu, Texas. Honeywell will also provide a modular CCR (continuous catalyst regeneration) unit. The CCR section is a critical part of the Oleflex unit and will be delivered to Enterprise as modular equipment.
“High demand from automotive, industrial machinery and construction applications are expected to drive growth in lubricant production, and at the same time, demand for high-octane fuel is rising as auto manufacturers build more engines that meet higher fuel economy standards,” said Mike Millard, vice president and general manager of Honeywell UOP’s Process Technology and Equipment business. “Isobutylene produced by the Oleflex process is a great raw material for making products to meet these market needs.”
C4 Oleflex technology uses catalytic dehydrogenation to convert isobutane into isobutylene. The company claims that their technology has the lowest cash cost of production and the highest return on investment compared with competing technologies. Additionally, its low energy consumption, low emissions, and fully recyclable, platinum-alumina-based catalyst system would minimize its impact on the environment.