India: PDH-PP Project Gail to Develop India’s First Propane Dehydrogenation Plant

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Gail (India) has selected Lummus Technology’s Catofin process and Clariant’s catalysts for India’s first PDH plant. Located in Usar, Maharashtra, the 1.2-billion-dollar project will produce 500 kiloton per annum of propane dehydrogenation and will also be integrated with a downstream polypropylene facility.

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The catofin technology is a highly reliable and productive method for light paraffin dehydrogenation.
The catofin technology is a highly reliable and productive method for light paraffin dehydrogenation.
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Houston/USA – Lummus Technology, and its catalysts partner, Clariant Catalysts, announced another major contract award in India that will expand their global share of the PDH market. Gail (India) has selected Lummus Technology’s Catofin process and Clariant’s tailor-made catalysts for India’s first PDH plant. Its upcoming 500 kiloton per annum propane dehydrogenation facility in Usar, Maharashtra, will be integrated with a downstream polypropylene (PP) unit. The 1.2 billion-dollar PDH-PP project is expected to start operations by 2024.

“Getting the first PDH award in India is very exciting, considering the anticipated growth of the petrochemicals market here. This award displays the innovative strength of the partnership between Lummus and Clariant,” said Leon de Bruyn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lummus Technology. “Lummus is grateful to Gail for getting selected and is committed to providing best-in-class PDH technology that offers a reliable, optimized and low-carbon route to propylene.”

Getting the first PDH award in India is very exciting, considering the anticipated growth of the petrochemicals market here.

Leon de Bruyn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lummus Technology

Stefan Heuser, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Clariant Catalysts said, “Thanks to our collaboration with Lummus Technology, we are able to offer Gail (India) excellent performance and profitability by combining the best of PDH expertise with catalyst innovation.”

Catofin technology is a highly reliable and productive method for light paraffin dehydrogenation. The process operates at thermodynamically advantaged reactor pressure and temperature to maximize conversion of propane to propylene, while reducing investment and operating costs. Selectivity and yield are further enhanced with Clariant’s Heat Generating Material (HGM), its metal-oxide innovation that produces heat and drives the dehydrogenation reaction. Thanks to its extraordinarily high reliability and productivity, Catofin delivers excellent annual production output compared to alternative technologies, states the company.

These performance advantages were key to Gail India’s decision to select Catofin technology and catalysts after an international competitive bidding process.

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