Germany/Japan: Hydrodealkylation Linde and Mitsubishi Chemical Agree on Transfer of HDA Technology

Editor: Alexander Stark

The Engineering Division of Linde and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC) have concluded a definite agreement for the transfer of MCC’s Hydrodealkylation (HDA) technology to Linde.

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During the signing ceremony: Yoshitaka Arakawa, Senior Associate Director, Division General Manager, Basic Petrochemicals Divison, MCC (left) and John van der Velden, Managing Director, Linde Engineering Division (right).
During the signing ceremony: Yoshitaka Arakawa, Senior Associate Director, Division General Manager, Basic Petrochemicals Divison, MCC (left) and John van der Velden, Managing Director, Linde Engineering Division (right).
(Source: Linde Engineering)

Pullach/Germany — HDA technology mainly converts toluene and other aromatic components into high purity benzene. This can be leveraged for maximizing the overall benzene yield in olefin plants, e.g. steam crackers. In addition, HDA technology can be implemented for a variety of refinery applications. Benzene is one of the most widely used chemicals involved in manufacturing of daily use products such as detergents, plastic and rubber.

The technology transfer to Linde is expected to be completed by June this year.

John van der Velden, Managing Director, Linde Engineering Division, said that MCC’s HDA technology would facilitate their world class go-to-market licensing strategy. The engineering company's primary objective is to provide optimized and highly integrated HDA applications to the petrochemicals industry for both revamps or expansions at existing ethylene plants as well as for new world scale petrochemical complexes.

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