China: Technology Licensing Zhejiang Chooses Honeywell for Largest Petrochemicals Project in China
Zhejiang Petrochemical (ZPC) will use a range of process technology from Honeywell UOP for the second phase of an integrated refining and petrochemical complex in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province. The complex is one of several new large industrial sites that are part of China’s current national economic development plan.
Des Plaines/USA — In the first phase of the project announced in 2017, ZPC selected the licensor's technologies for hydroprocessing and heavy oil upgrading, and to make aromatics for plastic resins, films and fibers that are the basis for millions of products.
For this second phase of the project, the US company will supply a range of technology licenses, engineering design, key equipment, and state-of-the-art catalysts and adsorbents, more than doubling the plant’s aromatics capacity. In addition, the Experion Process Knowledge System will provide process controls and automation systems for the complex.
This second phase of the complex by itself will process 20 million tons per year of crude oil and produce another six million tons per year of aromatics when completed. It will be the largest crude-to-chemicals complex in the world, with more than 50 % of the crude converting to petrochemicals. Due to its sheer scale, the complex is to help China move closer to achieving self-sufficiency in paraxylene while serving as a major new source of propylene, jet fuel and more.
The second phase of the project will include a two-train LD Parex aromatics complex, a refining section, two Continuous Catalyst Regeneration (CCR) Platforming units as well as a Honeywell Experion Distributed Control Systems.