Shandong Huachao Chemical Co., Ltd. will use the UOP C4 Oleflex™ process to produce isobutylene, a key ingredient for fuels and synthetic rubber. In addition, Zibo Qixiang Tengda Chemical Co. Ltd. will use the UOP Butamer™ process to transform normal butane to isobutene and UOP's C3/C4 Oleflex process to convert isobutane to isobutylene and propane to propylene for the production of plastics. Both companies are located in Shandong Province on China's East Coast.
The Oleflex projects represent UOP's 16th and 17th licenses for the Oleflex technology since the beginning of 2011, as demand for propylene and isobutylene grows in the region. The Shandong Huachao project will be the sixth C4 Oleflex unit in China, and the Zibo Qixiang Tengda project is the third combined C3/C4 Oleflex license UOP has been awarded.
"China has rapidly emerged as one of the largest petrochemical producers in Asia," said Pete Piotrowski, senior vice president and general manager of UOP's Process Technology and Equipment business unit. "In the last three years, UOP has licensed technology to produce more than 8 million metric tons of these key petrochemicals globally, including more than 5.4 million metric tons in China, and we look forward to continuing to provide efficient, cost-effective technology solutions to support the world's increasing demand."
The new units are expected to start up in 2016 with annual production of 200,000 metric tons of isobutylene at the Shandong Huachao facility and the Zibo Qixiang Tengda facility will process 400,000 metric tons of propane and butane feedstocks. In addition to the technology licensing, UOP will provide the engineering design, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, staff training and technical service for both projects.
The UOP Oleflex process converts propane to propylene and isobutane to isobutylene using catalytic dehydrogenation. Compared with competing processes, Honeywell's UOP Oleflex technology provides the smallest environmental footprint, the lowest cash cost of production and the highest return on investment. The technology consistently performs well due to its low capital cost, low energy and water consumption, high olefin yields, and a fully recyclable platinum alumina-based catalyst system.
In addition, unique to the Oleflex process, independent reaction and regeneration systems are in place that allow continuous use of catalysts for steady-state operations (non swing-bed), which helps maximize operating flexibility, on-stream factor and reliability.
The UOP Butamer process uses high-activity, chloride-promoted catalysts in the presence of hydrogen to convert isobutane to normal butane. To date, UOP has commissioned 77 Butamer units to convert normal butane to isobutane and two Butamer units to convert isobutane to normal butane.
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