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PKN Orlen licenses Honeywell Technology for new phenol complex

June 29/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Honeywell has recently announced that PKN Orlen plans to use the UOP Q-Max and Phenol 3G technologies to produce 200,000 metric tons per year of phenol at its facility in Plock, Poland, reported Hydrocarbonprocessing.

UOP is providing a license for the technology, in addition to basic engineering design services, plus key equipment, catalysts and adsorbents and technical services.

As part of the project, UOP will provide a cumene unit and a phenol unit with alpha methyl styrene hydrogenation. When completed, the new complex would increase PKNs market position in high-margin petrochemicals including phenol and acetone.

"These technologies make it possible for PKN Orlen to extend its benzene production into phenol and acetone derivatives," said Bryan Glover, vice president and general manager of Honeywell UOPs Petrochemicals & Refining Technologies business. "By doing so, PKN Orlen would be in a position to meet the growing demand for phenol and other petrochemicals in Poland and even become a net exporter of those products."

Cumene is the primary building block for making phenol and its derivatives. UOPs Q-Max process converts benzene and propylene into high-quality cumene at low benzene-to-propylene ratios using regenerable catalysts that reduce byproduct transalkylation catalyst requirements, and lower utility consumption and capital requirements for downstream fractionation equipment.

The UOP 3G Phenol unit converts cumene into phenol with high yields and product quality, and low utility consumption. The phenol product is converted into plastics and other related materials, including bisphenol-A, a building block for polycarbonate plastics, and phenolic resins used to make durable laminated boards and industrial adhesives.

When integrated, the two technologies offer even lower utility consumption and a high yield of phenol, with outstanding operating flexibility, on-stream time, reliability and safety. UOP Q-Max technology is currently licensed in 26 units worldwide, with a total capacity of more than 9 million tons per year. The UOP phenol technology also is licensed in 22 units worldwide, with a total phenol capacity of more than 5 million tons per year.

As MRC informed before, in September 2019, Honeywell announced that PKN orlen had licensed the UOP MaxEne process, which can increase production of ethylene and aromatics and improve the flexibility of gasoline production. The project, for the PKN Orlen facility in Plock, Poland, was in the basic engineering stage then.

Phenol is one of the main feedstocks for the production of bisphenol A (BPA), which, in its turn, is used for the production of polycarbonate (PC).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated consumption of polycarbonate (PC) granules (excluding imports and exports to/from Belarus) rose in January-May 2020 by 19% year on year to 38,900 tonnes  (32,700 tonnes a year earlier).


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Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:bisphenol a, PC, acetone, benzene, phenol, ethylene, sheet extrusion, PKN Orlen, Poland, Rossiya.
Category:General News
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