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Hengyi picks Univation Unipol process for new PE plant at Brunei Complex

February 18/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Hengyi Industries has selected Univation's Unipol polyethylene (PE) process for a new world-scale PE plant that will be built at Hengyi's site in Palau Maura Besar, Brunei, according to Apic-online.

The 600,000-t/y PE unit will be integrated into a larger refinery and petrochemicals project, which includes a 280,000-b/d refinery and downstream production of ethylene, benzene, paraxylene, ethylene glycol, purified terephthalic acid, polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

The Unipol technology will allow Hengyi to produce a broad range of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) products.  A schedule for the project was not given.

Hengyi also selected Univation's advanced software platforms for both process control capability and virtual process training for the PE facility.

This Hengyi Industry project represents Brunei's first-ever world-class oil refinery and petrochemical complex and also marks and important milestone as the company's second significant capital investment for the Palau Muara Besar site, said Chen Lian Cai, chief executive of Hengyi.

As MRC informed before, in September 2020, Chinas Hengyi Petrochemical Co Ltd announced plans to spend USD13.65 billion to build the second phase of a refinery and petrochemical complex in Brunei. Hengyi, one of the few private Chinese firms operating a refinery outside China, plans to add a 14 million tonne per year (280,000 barrel per day) crude oil refinery and a two million tpy paraxylene unit at its complex in Palau Muara Besar, the company said. It will also build a 1.65 million tpy ethylene plant and 2.5 million tpy purified terephthalic acid (PTA) facility. Paraxylene and PTA are key materials for making polyester fibre used in textiles and packaging.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 2,220,640 tonnes in 2020, up by 2% year on year. Only shipments of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) increased.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, LLDPE, paraxylene (PX), LDPE, HDPE, PET-granulate, ethylene, fibers/filaments, packaging, Hengyi Petrochemical, Unipol Holland, Brunei, Russia.
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