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PKN Orlen Plans IPA Plant

May 21/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Polish refining and petrochemical company PKN Orlen has purchased a license and basic design for use in an isopropanol (IPA) plant it plans to build at its site in Plock, said Chemanager.

The facility is part of program to expand phenol output at the site. In February, Honeywell announced it was licensing its UOP Q-Max and phenol 3G technologies to Orlen for a 200,000 t/y phenol unit. The acetone byproduct will be used to feed the new IPA plant. 

The project is an example of our well thought-out strategy of shifting our portfolio from commodity to specialty products in response to growing customer expectations, said Zbigniew Leszczynski, member of Orlens management board, development.

Orlen added that if the project goes ahead, it will be the worlds fifth company to implement the IPA technology. It plans to begin basic engineering design work and launch the selection process to secure a general contractor in the coming months.

IPA has a wide range of applications, including for hand sanitizers, which has seen unprecedented demand because of the coronavirus pandemic. Orlen said that as well as adding value to its business and the Polish economy, the IPA plant would also make the country more secure in the event of a future epidemic.

Catherine MacGregor, president of Technip Energies, said: Our innovative IPA process not only addresses an urgent global need, but its flexibility also provides the option to integrate the production and purification of IPA with our process for converting acetone to cumene (ATC), enabling phenol producers to balance solvent production.

As MRC informed earlier, in H1 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, currently is in the basic engineering stage. Honeywell UOP, a leading provider of technologies for the oil and gas industry, first commercialized the UOP MaxEne process in 2013. The process enables refiners and petrochemical producers to direct molecules within the naphtha feed to the processes that deliver the greatest value and improve yields of fuels and petrochemicals.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polyprolypele (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 383,760 tonnes in the first two month of 2020, up by 14% year on year. High density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) shipments increased due to the increased capacity utilisation at ZapSibNeftekhim. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 192,760 tonnes in January-February 2020, down by 6% year on year. Homopolymer PP accounted for the main decrease in imports.

Several companies have announced plans in recent weeks to expand or shift production to make IPA, including Ineos, ExxonMobil, Honeywell, Huntsman, Seqens, among others.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, crude oil, PP, PE, PKN Orlen.
Category:General News
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