Polymers Fujian Meide to Develop One of the World’s Largest PDH Units in China

Source: Press release Ahlam Rais

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Clariant and Lummus have been selected by Fujian Meide to supply the Catofin technology as well as the propane dehydrogenation (PDH) technology respectively for the mega project in China. The new unit is expected to produce 900,000 metric tons of propylene every year and is scheduled to begin operations in 2023.

Clariant’s Catofin catalysts.
Clariant’s Catofin catalysts.
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Munich/Germany – Clariant and its process partner Lummus have been awarded a major contract by Fujian Meide to supply Catofin technology and catalysts for a new, world-scale propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit in Fuzhou, China. Already operating one PDH unit at its Fuzhou petrochemical complex, Fujian Meide is now building one of the largest PDH units in the world and has selected the Catofin process and catalysts for the project’s second phase. The new unit will produce 900,000 metric tons of propylene annually and is scheduled to commence operation in 2023.

Stefan Heuser, Senior Vice President & General Manager at Clariant Catalysts, commented, “This strategic collaboration exemplifies our dedication to product innovation with ground-breaking chemistry, such as our Heat Generating Material (HGM). As a result, HGM, together with new Lummus process technology, reduces energy consumption of the Catofin process by one-third, making it a low-carbon route to propylene production.”

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Zheng Chaohui, President at Fujian Meide Petrochemical Co., stated, “With an annual capacity of 900,000 tons, our second PDH unit will be among the world’s largest. No other PDH technology is proven at such scale, and we needed outstanding performance. Catofin was our first choice because it is widely recognized as one of the most advanced solutions in the PDH industry.”

The Catofin process combines Lummus’s advanced technology with Clariant’s tailor-made catalysts and Heat Generating Material (HGM) to convert propane to propylene with exceptional reliability.

Fujian Meide Petrochemical Co. is a fully owned subsidiary of Zhongjing Petrochemicals Group, which is headquartered in Fuzhou City, Fujian Province, China. Specialized in energy, petrochemicals, logistics and packaging, Zhongjing Petrochemicals Group is the largest producer of BOPP (biaxially oriented polypropylene) films in China, with an annual capacity of 1 million tons of BOPP and 4 million tons of polypropylene.


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