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Axens to supply hydrogenation catalysts for ZheJiang Petroleum & Chemical

June 25/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- ZheJiang Petroleum & Chemical (ZPC; Zhoushan, Zhejiang, China) has selected Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France) catalysts for its pyrolysis gasoline (Pygas) selective hydrogenation units part of the 1,400,000-ton/yr grassroots ethylene plant Phase 1 in Zhoushan City, China, said the company.

The ethylene cracker is part of ZPCs grassroots integrated refining and petrochemical complex echoing Chinas current national economic development plan.

In 2016, ZPC started the first design studies and simultaneously the first technical discussions with Axens. At end of 2019, ZPC Phase 1 steam cracker was started-up and all olefins and aromatics products very rapidly reached the targeted specifications.

Following the successful start-up of Phase 1 Pygas units, ZPC recently selected Axens for the supply of the selective hydrogenation catalysts for the Phase 2 of the project. A new ethylene cracker (two trains) will be added raising the ZPCs total ethylene capacity to 4,200,000 ton/yr. Axens will supply catalysts for the MAPD (methylacetylene and propadiene) and phenylacetylene hydrogenation units as well as the catalysts for the Pygas first and second stage units.

When completed, the new plant will be the largest steam cracker in China and one of the largest in the world. Axens latest generation of high-performance selective hydrogenation catalysts combines state-of-the-art alumina carriers and cutting-edge metal impregnation technologies. High activity, easy regeneration, highly competitive cost-to-fill, are among the key advantages of these catalysts.

As MRC wrote previously, in early December 2012, Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical Co Ltd launched a 3.8-million-ton-per-year reformer unit, a key processing facility at its new mega refinery and petrochemical complex in east China. The reformer unit, which processes naphtha into aromatics, is the worlds single-largest facility of its kind.

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

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 721,290 tonnes in the first four month of 2020, up by 4% year on year. Low density polyethylene (LDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) shipments grew partially because of the increased capacity utilisation at ZapSibNeftekhim.  At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market totalled 347,440 tonnes in January-April 2020 (calculated by the formula production minus export plus import). Supply exclusively of PP random copolymer increased.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, PP, PE, ethylene, propylene, petrochemistry, Axens, Zhejiang Petrochemical.
Category:General News
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