UOP supports key technology for a Chinese polypropylene production. The licensing of UOP's catalytic dehydrogenation technology is the first of it's kind for the Honeywell subsidiary in China.
Des Plaines, Illinois/USA – UOP just announced to supply key technology for a new polypropylene production in Pinghu City, China. The facility, operated by Chinese Zhejiang Julong Petrochemical, is expected to produce 450,000 tons of polypropylene per year, starting in 2013. China’s propylene consumption accounts for more than 15 percent of worldwide demand and is growing at about 5 to 6 percent per year.
“This project is a significant milestone for UOP because it is the first propane dehydrogenation unit we have licensed in China,” said Pete Piotrowski, senior vice president for UOP’s process technology and equipment business unit. “We are pleased to work with Zhejiang Julong Petrochemical on this project and to provide the technology that will help meet the world’s growing propylene demand.”
The factory will employ UOP's C3 Oleflex, propane dehydrogenation technology to convert propane to polypropylene. By using catalytic reactions, Oleflex technology provides low cash cost of production and the higher return on investment compared to competing PDH processes, UOP says. Since the technology was commercialized in 1990, Honeywell’s UOP has commissioned nine C3 Oleflex units for on-purpose propylene production. Earlier this year, UOP announced a similar project with Abu Dhabi Oil Refining (also known as Takreer).