UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced today that China’s Wison (Nanjing) Clean Energy Company Ltd. has selected UOP technology to convert methanol into building blocks for chemical products at an existing coal chemical complex in China. Located in Nanjing, China, the facility will be one of the world’s first methanol-to-olefin production facilities. It is projected to produce 295,000 metric tons per year of ethylene and propylene for conversion to chemical products. Honeywell UOP will provide technology licenses, basic engineering, catalysts, adsorbents, specialty equipment and technical services for the plant, which is expected to start up in 2013.
The project will be the first commercial-scale installation of Honeywell UOP’s advanced MTO methanol-to-olefins solution, which allows petrochemical producers to use methanol from natural gas or coal, instead of petroleum, to produce high yields of high-value plastics and petrochemicals. This solution, which combines the UOP/Hydro MTO process and the Total Petrochemicals/UOP Olefin Cracking Process, allows producers in countries with limited supplies of crude oil, but plentiful quantities of coal or natural gas, to produce high-value petrochemicals.
“Our advanced methanol-to-olefins solution will allow Wison to use methanol to produce the highest yields achievable of high-value petrochemicals,” said Rajeev Gautam, president and CEO for Honeywell UOP. “Commercialization of this breakthrough technology is another example of UOP innovation that addresses the growing global demand for petrochemical products as well as drivers to reduce our dependence on traditional crude sources.”