The engineering and construction unit of Air Liquide has agreed with the Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group (SNCG) in China to build a 500,000 tpa methanol-to-propylene (MTP) plant. This will be the third large-scale MTP plant licensed by Air Liquide's Lurgi technology. The contract comprises the basic engineering, license and supply of proprietary equipment as well as services for procurement and technical advisory services at the site. The engineering phase for the contract is to be completed within 8 months.
According to the contract SNCG and Air Liquide have agreed on the continuous improvement and further development of the Lurgi MTP technology. SNCG will support the marketing of this technology in the country and will support Air Liquide's engineering and construction division with its own start-up and operational expertise. But the ownership and license authority of the Lurgi MTP technology will be with the Air Liquide.