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Lummus awarded double CATOFIN PDH contract in China

November 24/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Lummus Technology announced that it has been awarded a contract from Ningbo Kingfa Advanced Materials Co., Ltd. for two propane dehydrogenation units in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China. Lummus scope includes technology licensing, process design package and technical services, and catalyst supply through its partner Clariant, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.
 
"We have a strong history and presence in China, and licensing two world-scale CATOFIN units to a repeat customer is a testament to Lummus position and approach to the Chinese market, said Leon de Bruyn, president and CEO of Lummus Technology. "Our best-in-class CATOFIN technology, along with Clariants catalysts, provide a highly reliable and low carbon route to propylene."
 
Each unit will have a production capacity of 600,000 mtpy for a total additional propylene production capacity of 1,200,000 mtpy. This is the second CATOFIN PDH contract from Ningbo Kingfa. In 2011, Lummus licensed its CATOFIN technology for the first PDH unit at the same site.   
 
"We are proud that our existing CATOFIN plant has demonstrated robust and reliable performance since its start up, said Mark Yang, Ningbo Kingfas general manager. We value our collaboration with Lummus for the CATOFIN technology and the proven performance and technical support that they provide. In turn, selecting Lummus technology for our Phase 2 and Phase 3 projects was a straight-forward decision."
 
CATOFIN technology is a unique process for the production of olefins, such as propylene (from propane) and iso-butylene (from iso-butane). Lummus has exclusive worldwide licensing rights to this technology. The catalyst is produced by Clariant, a leading company in the development of process catalysts. Due to its superior thermodynamic operating conditions of vacuum and lower temperature for reactors, CATOFIN provides the highest conversion and selectivity for conversion of paraffins to olefins. Even when co-producing propylene and isobutylene, high conversions can be maintained. The CATOFIN process employs multiple reactors operating in a cyclic manner with an automated program so that the flow of process streams is continuous.

As per MRC, Lummus Technology announced that it has been awarded a technology contract by Shandong Yulong Petrochemical Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Chinas Nanshan Group. Lummus will provide Master Licensor services for multiple licensed units, consisting of two mixed feed crackers, an EB/SM plant and two polypropylene (PP) lines. The scope includes technology licensing, process design package, training and advisory services, master licensor integration services and catalyst supply for the PP plant.

As MRC informed earlier. Haldia Petrochemicals (HPL), a flagship company of The Chatt­erjee Group (TCG), alo­ng with its international partner Rhone Capital has acquired US-based Lummus Technology at an enterprise value (EV) of USD2.725 billion (around Rs 20,590 crore) from McDermott International. In the joint acquisition, HPLs share is at 57 per cent, the balance would be held by Rhone Capital. Under the new dispensation, Lummus Technology wou­ld function as a standalone autonomous entity.

As MRC informed earlier, in late March 2020, India's private-sector Haldia Petrochemicals (HPL) shut its naphtha cracker after ports in the country declared force majeure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,594,510 tonnes in the first nine months of 2020, up by 1% year on year. Only high denstiy polyethylene (HDPE) shipments increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market reached 880,130 tonnes in the nine months of 2020 (calculated using the formula: production minus exports plus imports, exluding producers' inventories as of 1 January, 2020). Supply increased exclusively of PP random copolymer.


mrcplast.com
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, crude oil, PP, PE, neftegaz, petrochemistry, Lummus Technology.
Category:General News
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