China: Coal to Ethylene Glycol Johnson Matthey and Eastman Licence Ethylene Glycol Technology to Jiutai

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Johnson Matthey and Eastman announced that Inner Mongolia Jiutai New Material (Jiutai) has chosen their advanced, proprietary technology for the production of ethylene glycol from coal at its planned 1,000,000 tonnes per annum ethylene glycol facility.

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Johnson Matthey and Eastman Chemical Company have licenced a new ethylene glycol technology to Jiutai.
Johnson Matthey and Eastman Chemical Company have licenced a new ethylene glycol technology to Jiutai.
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London/UK — Ethylene glycol, commonly referred to as mono ethylene glycol (MEG), is a key industrial chemical and is also a building block in the production of polyesters for fiber and packaging applications. Today, the majority of the world’s MEG is produced from ethylene but this new process enables the production of MEG from a variety of raw materials, including coal, natural gas, or biomass, thereby enabling companies to produce MEG without the need to access ethylene.

Jiutai has select Johnson Matthey and Eastman’s novel technology for the production of MEG. The Chinese company’s aim is to utilise local coal and other resources, such as water, in a clean and sustainable manner to produce high value MEG at its new Coal to Chemicals Complex at Togtoh Industrial Park,Togtoh, Inner Mongolia.

Jiutai’s Coal to Chemicals complex will produce synthesis gas by gasification of coal. The synthesis gas will be converted to methanol which will then be converted to formaldehyde from which MEG will be produced.

Johnson Matthey has also licensed to Jiutai its technologies and catalysts for the production of methanol and formaldehyde in an integrated MEG facility, which will maximise feedstock conversion and reduce utility consumption across the multi-step route from syngas to MEG. This, combined with the advanced technology for MEG production and the large capacity, provides significant value addition whilst using abundantly available coal, the company said. The methanol plant will be a world scale facility and any excess methanol above that required for MEG production will be used in other Jiutai facilities. The formaldehyde plant will have an annual capacity of 1,500,000 tonnes per annum and will be among the largest single site facility for formaldehyde production in the world.