Lummus Technology has been awarded a licensing and engineering contract by Chinese company Ning Bo Heyuan Chemical Company Ltd. provide services to Ning Bo’s DMTO methanol-to-olefins recovery unit, and an Olefins Conversion Technology (OCT) unit. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The DMTO unit is expected to produce 600,000 tpa of ethylene and propylene, and some lower value n-butylenes, which together with ethylene will be used to produce 90,000 tpa of propylene in the OCT unit.
Methanol-to-olefins technology is used to convert crude methanol to olefins, a combination of ethylene and propylene used in the production of a variety of products, including plastics, fibers and rubber in the petrochemical industry. This technology is an economical method of conversion and ethylene plant expansion in comparison with the conventional methods.