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Turkish operator lets contract for the first PDH unit in the country

November 13/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Ceyhan Polipropilen Uretim AS, a joint venture of Ronesans Holding and Algerias state-owned Sonatrach SPA, has recently let a contract to Honeywell UOP LLC to provide process technology for propylene production at a grassroots petrochemical complex in the Ceyhan Mega Petrochemistry Industry Zone of Ceyhan, Turkey, reported Oil&Gas Journal.

As part of the contract, Honeywell UOP will license its proprietary C3 Oleflex technology for the new propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit, which will be equipped to produce 457,000 tonnes/year of polymer-grade propylene for production of polypropylene (PP) at the complex, the service provider said.

Alongside technology licensing, Honeywell UOP also will provide customized basic engineering design, services, equipment, catalysts, and adsorbents for the plant.

Once completed, the PDH plant will be Turkeys first.

The new unit will enable Ceyhan Polipropilen Uretim to manufacture polypropylene domestically, reducing Turkeys dependence on imports from manufacturers in the Middle East and Western Europe. Demand for polypropylene in Turkey - which accounts for half the total demand for PP in the region - is expected to rise at about 2.5%/year over the next decade, Honeywell UOP said.

The PDH plant will reduce Turkish PP imports by 25%, as well as offset about USD13 billion in imported petrochemicals, representing a third of Turkeys foreign trade deficit in manufacturing.

In 2017, Turkey imported more than 2 million tonnes of polypropylene, according to the service provider.

Ceyhan Polipropilen Uretim, which was formed early this year, plans to begin production at its new USD1.2-billion, 450,000-tpy PP plant in 2023, according to a Dec. 3, 2018, release from Ronesans Holding.

As MRC wrote before, Sonatrach's petrochemicals joint venture with Total has selected Honeywell UOP's C3 Oleflex technology for its proposed 565,000 tonne/year polymer-grade propylene project in Arzew, Algeria. The catalytic dehydrogenation technology converts propane into propylene.

Propylene is a feedstock for producing polyprolypele (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, the estimated PP consumption in the Russian market was 976,790 tonnes in January-September 2019, up by 4% year on year. Shipments of PP block copolymer and homopolymer PP increased.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PP block copolymer, homopolymer PP, propylene, Honeywell, Russia, Turkey.
Category:General News
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