South Korea: Catalyst for PDH Unit Successful Start-Up

Editor: Alexander Stark

Clariant announced an excellent performance of its catalysts during the start-up of the largest propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit in South Korea.

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Propane dehydrogenation unit of SK and Advanced in Ulsan: the largest in South Korea.
Propane dehydrogenation unit of SK and Advanced in Ulsan: the largest in South Korea.
(Picture: Clariant)

Ulsan/South Korea – Located in Ulsan on the southeast coast of the country, the PDH plant is a joint project between SK Gas Corporation and Advanced Petrochemical Company. The facility is designed to produce 600,000 tons of propylene annually using a catalytic dehydrogenation technology based on Clariant's Catofin catalyst.

According to Clariant, The process operates at optimum reactor pressure and temperature to maximize conversion of propane for a high yield of propylene and correspondingly low investment and operating costs.

CJ Kim, CEO of SK Advanced, stated: “The completion of the new PDH plant is an important milestone for our company and, indeed, for the Korean petrochemical industry. We are very pleased with the smooth start-up and the initial performance of the Catofin catalyst technology.”

Stefan Heuser, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Business Unit Catalysts at Clariant, added: “We are proud to share the success of this major PDH project in South Korea. Together with our engineering partner, CB&I, we continue to prove the commercial strength and performance benefits of Catofin for customers around the world.”

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