UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced 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, it is projected to produce 295,000 tpa of ethylene and propylene for conversion to chemical products.
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.
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.
"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." "Wison is happy to collaborate with Honeywell UOP to build this world-class methanol-to-olefins facility," said Hongjun Liu, general manager for Wison (Nanjing) Clean Energy Company Ltd. "We are looking forward to the successful adoption of the technology in the Wison Nanjing Plant, which will help further extend Wison Energy's product portfolio and enable us to supply more high-quality chemical raw materials."