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Bora LyondellBasell Petrochemical ethylene plant reaches performance guarantees

July 22/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Technip Energies announced that the Bora LyondellBasell Petrochemical Co. Ltd.s 1,000 kta ethylene plant reached performance guarantees. Technip Energies provided the proprietary technology and process design for the liquid ethylene plant in Panjin, Liaoning Province, China, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The Bora facility utilizes Technip Energies Ultra Selective Conversion (USC) U-coil and Wcoil ethylene technology, which combined produce high energy efficiency and high yields, resulting in reduced CO2 emissions. It ranks in the first quartile of comparable crackers for having the lowest CO2 production per relative amount of high value chemical production.

The plant successfully started up in the middle of 2020 to reach its designed capacity shortly after the start-up and performance guarantee were met. By passing all performance guarantees, it is meeting the feed and raw material consumption, production rate and product specifications and the specific energy consumption intended. Known as one of the larger liquid ethylene crackers in China, the plant was completed and started up in 39 months from commencement of the process design package, and produced on-spec product within 42 hours after the feed-in. The plant was accepted in June.

As MRC informed earlier, some downstream plants at the Panjin complex also started up on the same day as the  Bora LyondellBasell Petrochemical' ethylene cracker - in early August, 2020. They include a 350,000 mtyear high density polyethylene (HDPE) unit, a 450,000 mtyear linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE)/HDPE swing plant and a 350,000 mtyear styrene monomer (SM) plant.

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 953,400 tonnes in the first five months of 2021, which virtually corresponded to the same figure a year earlier. High denisty polyethylene (HDPE) shipments decreased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 607,8900 tonnes in January-May 2021, up by 33% year on year. Shipments of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased, whereas deliveries of PP random copolymers decreased.

Bora is one of more than 40 independent Chinese refiners that have grown rapidly since late 2015 to account for a fifth of Chinas total crude oil imports.

LyondellBasell is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its 13,000 employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, and improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road. LyondellBasell sells products into approximately 100 countries and is the world's largest licensor of polyolefin technologies.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, LLDPE, propylene, HDPE, styrene, ethylene, Bora LyondellBasell Petrochemical, LyondellBasell, Technip, China.
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