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Europe's Largest Propane Dehydrogenation Plant to Use Clariant's Catofin Catalysts

| Editor: Alexander Stark

The design of the plant is based on Clariant’s tailor-made catalysts.
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The design of the plant is based on Clariant’s tailor-made catalysts. (Source: Clariant)

Clariant was awarded a long-term supply contract by Ineos to supply Catofin catalysts and Heat Generating Material (HGM) for a major propane dehydrogenation plant to be constructed in Europe.

Munich/Germany — Scheduled for completion in 2023, the facility is designed to produce 750,000 metric tons of propylene annually, which will make it the largest propane dehydrogenation plant in Europe. For the project, Clariant will collaborate with its process partner, McDermott, which has exclusive licensing rights to Lummus’ Catofin technology. The company is the sole developer and supplier of tailor-made catalysts and HGM for the Catofin process.

In operation at 17 facilities worldwide, comprising over 8 million tons per year, Catofin dehydrogenation technology is a reliable method used to produce olefins, such as propylene or isobutylene, from light paraffin feedstocks. The process operates at optimum reactor pressure and temperature to maximize conversion and selectivity of propane to propylene, while reducing investment and operating costs. The robust catalyst complies with the Reach regulation of the European Union, and it increases the profitability, sustainability and reliability of plant operations.

Clariant’s Heat Generating Material (HGM) enhances the performance advantages of CATOFIN technology and catalysts. The patented metal-oxide material is designed to produce heat and drive the dehydrogenation reaction, thereby further increasing yields and conserving energy, as well as reducing emissions.

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