China: Petrochemicals Grace Licenses Unipol Technology to China's Hengli Petrochemical Refinery

Editor: Alexander Stark

The supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and polypropylene (PP) process technology, W. R. Grace, contracted to license its Unipol PP process technology to Hengli Petrochemical (Dalian) Refinery, a subsidiary of Hengli Group.

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Sample image of Grace's PP plant in Sichuan
Sample image of Grace's PP plant in Sichuan
(Source: W.R. Grace)

Columbia/USA — The installation will be made at the company’s facility in Dalian, Liaoning province, China, and is expected to begin operations in 2019.

Hengli Petrochemical’s PP unit is part of its new refinery complex designed to process 20 million tons of crude oil annually. The facility will produce a total of 450 kilotons per year of homopolymer, random copolymer, and impact copolymer thermoplastic resins in dual reactor lines. The project is one of 22 Unipol PP process technology reactor line licenses in China.

Hengli Corporation’s Vice Chairman Chen Xinhua said, “Grace’s Unipol PP process and SHAC catalyst system offers us the most advanced PP product capacity available, and provides the most cost-effective technology to rapidly develop our portfolio of products.”

Al Beninati, President of Grace’s Specialty Catalysts business segment, said, “Grace is proud to partner with Hengli Petrochemical and continue our record of service to customers in China. We believe this represents more evidence that our industry-leading process technology and catalysts technologies combine to provide our customers unparalleled flexibility to deliver the resins that are in highest demand.”