Basell's Hostalen Technology selected by Iranian Gharb Petrochem Complex

Iran's Gharb Petrochemical Complex has selected Basell's Hostalen technology for a new 300 KT pa high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant. The new plant, part of National Petrochemical Company (NPC)'s 11th olefin project, is to be located at Kermanshah, Iran, with start-up planned for 2007. Uhde GmbH of Germany was selected as the engineering contractor for the new plant, together with Sazeh of Iran. Hostalen is a dual reactor, low-pressure, slurry process for the production of HDPE. The two reactors can be operated in series or in parallel, to customize product properties. Grade changes can be made quickly with little off-spec or transition material. Polymer structure can be easily controlled, to allow a wide range of high value products to be produced. This is the fifth of the Hostalen licenses granted in Iran, whereas the global licensed capacity is well over 4 million tpa. Basell is the world's largest producer of polypropylene and advanced polyolefin products, a leading supplier of polyethylene and catalysts, and a global leader in the development and licensing of polypropylene and polyethylene processes. Basell, together with its joint ventures, has manufacturing facilities around the world and sells products in more than 120 countries. Basell's complete portfolio of licensed technologies includes: Spheripol - PP technology for the production of homopolymer, random and heterophasic copolymers. Spherizone - next generation PP technology based on new multi-zone reactor technology. Spherilene - swing gas phase process for the production of LLDPE and HDPE. Hostalen - low-pressure slurry process for the production of bimodal HDPE. Lupotech G - fluidised bed gas phase process for the production of HDPE and MDPE. Lupotech T - high pressure tubular reactor process for the production of LDPE and EVA copolymers.
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