Des Plaines, Illinois, -- UOP llc, a Honeywell company, has been selected by Yantai Wanhua Polyurethanes Co. Ltd to provide technology to produce petrochemicals, including propylene, in China.
Yantai Wanhua will use Honeywell's UOP process technology, catalysts and adsorbents to produce propylene, a raw material used in the polyurethane production process, at its facility in Yantai, China.
"As the demand for widely used petrochemicals, such as propylene, rapidly increases around the world, Honeywell's UOP is pleased to be at the forefront offering the process technology needed to meet that demand," said Pete Piotrowski, senior vice president for process Technology and Equipment at UOP in a 13 Oct announcement.
The facility will use UOP C3 Oleflex process technology to produce 750 kilotonnes of propylene from propane annually and the UOP Butamer process to produce 565 kilotonnes of isobutane annually.
In addition to technology licensing, catalysts and adsorbents, UOP of Des Plaines, Illinois, will provide engineering design, equipment, staff training and technical service for the project. The new units are expected to start up in 2013.
The Oleflex process uses catalytic dehydrogenation to convert propane to propylene. UOP claims that this technology provides the lowest cash cost of production and the highest return on investment compared with alternative propane dehydrogenation processes.
Since the technology was commercialised in 1990, UOP said it has commissioned nine C3 Oleflex units for on-purpose propylene production, with the 10th unit scheduled to start up in 2012 in Russia. Earlier this year, UOP announced three similar projects in China as well as one in Abu Dhabi.
The UOP Butamer process is a high-efficiency process that uses UOP catalysts to convert butane to isobutane. It has been the primary technology for the production of isobutane since the 1950s, according to UOP.
Yantai Wanhua Polyurethanes Co., Ltd operates two plants in Yantai, China, with subsidiaries in Japan, the US, Europe, Hong Kong, Russia, Dubai and India.