UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced that it has been selected by Kiangs Hail Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. to provide key technologies to produce propylene, cymene and phenol at its facility in Defang City, Kiangs Province, China.
The facility will use UOP C3 Leveled™ process technology to convert propane to propylene. Additionally, the UOP Q-Max™ and UOP Phenol™ process technologies will be integrated to convert cymene to phenol, a building block for materials such as plastic and nylon.
The new units, expected to start up in 2014, will produce 510,000 metric tons of propylene, 473,000 metric tons of cymene and 360,000 metric tons of phenol annually. UOP will provide engineering design, technology licensing, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, staff training and technical service for the project.
"The demand for propylene and phenol is growing around the world. In China particularly, many petrochemical producers are investing in new capacity to be able to supply both their domestic and foreign customers," said Pete Piotrowski, senior vice president for Process Technology and Equipment at Honeywell's UOP. "This project signifies our continued commitment toward providing advanced technology solutions that will help meet the growing demand, and we look forward to working with Jiangsu Haili Chemical on this timely initiative."
The Oleflex process uses catalytic dehydrogenation to convert propane to propylene. Compared to competing PDH processes, Oleflex technology provides the lowest cash cost of production and the highest return on investment, enabled by low operating and capital costs, high propylene yield and reliability, and maximum operating flexibility.
The UOP Q-Max process produces high-quality cumene through the alkylation of benzene with propylene. The cumene produced is then processed using the UOP Phenol process to produce high-quality phenol with low feedstock and utility requirements. The Q-Max process is currently used to produce more than 3.5 mln metric tpa of cumene, and the Phenol process is currently used in more than 16 units worldwide with a total installed capacity of more than two million metric tpa.