Jiangsu Sailboat Petrochemical is making use of Honeywell UOP’s C3 Oleflex technology to produce propylene in order to meet the rising demand of plastics in China. The C3 Oleflex technology uses catalytic dehydrogenation to convert propane to propylene.
Illinois/USA – Honeywell recently announced that Jiangsu Sailboat Petrochemical Co. will use Honeywell UOP’s C3 Oleflex technology to produce 700,000 metric tonnes per year of polymer-grade propylene at its facility in Lianyungang City in China’s Jiangsu Province. Jiangsu Sailboat will expand its existing facility, which uses Honeywell UOP’s methanol-to-olefins (MTO) process to produce ethylene and propylene. The facility’s additional output of propylene will further help China meet its demand for plastics used to make a wide range of consumer goods.
Honeywell UOP, a leading technology provider for the oil and gas industry, will provide licensing and a process design package, equipment, on-site operator training, technical services, and catalysts and adsorbents for the project.
The C3 Oleflex technology uses catalytic dehydrogenation to convert propane to propylene. Its low-energy consumption, low-emissions and fully recyclable, platinum-alumina-based catalyst system helps minimise its impact on the environment. It is designed to have a lower cash cost of production and higher return on investment compared to other technologies. The independent reaction and regeneration sections enable steady-state operations, improved operating flexibility and a high on-stream factor and reliability.
Honeywell UOP also licenses C4 Oleflex technology, which converts isobutane to isobutylene, the primary ingredient for making high-octane fuel additives and synthetic rubber.
Including this project, the Oleflex technology has been selected for a majority of propane and isobutane dehydrogenation projects globally since 2011. The agreement with Jiangsu Sailboat marks Honeywell’s 36th award in China for its proprietary Oleflex technology. Since the technology was first commercialised nearly 30 years ago, UOP has commissioned 31 Oleflex units for on-purpose propylene and isobutylene production. Global production capacity of propylene from Oleflex technology now stands at approximately 7.3 million metric tonnes per year.
Jiangsu Sailboat Petrochemical Co. is a wholly-owned subsidiary company of Shenghong Holding Group located in Xuwei new district Industrial Park, Lianyungang City, Jiangsu province. When fully completed, the Sailboat olefins complex will produce more than 2.5 million tonnes of short-supply high-end petrochemical products annually.