W. R. Grace & Co., the world's leading supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and polypropylene process technology, has contracted to license its UNIPOL® PP Process Technology to Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation, a 50:50 joint venture between Pembina Pipeline Corporation of Canada and Petrochemical Industries Company K.S.C. of Kuwait. The new installation will be part of CKPC's proposed integrated propane dehydrogenation/PP facility located in Sturgeon County, Alberta. If built, the PP line would be the world's largest single train, capable of producing 550,000 metric tons per year of PP, including homopolymer, random copolymer, and impact copolymer thermoplastic resins.
This is Grace's 16th new UNIPOL® PP technology license since 2012 and its second in Canada. Grace's all gas-phase UNIPOL® PP Process Technology provides the most advanced and broadest range of homopolymers, random copolymers, and impact copolymers in the industry. As the simplest of all PP process technologies, with fewer moving parts and less equipment than any alternative, its reliable, stable, and predictable operation leads to lower capital, operating, and maintenance costs.
CKPC's Chairperson Hosnia Hashim, said, "We selected Grace's UNIPOL® PP Process Technology because of its demonstrated success worldwide. It offers a broad product capability in large volume, general purpose PP products, as well as specialty products." Al Beninati, President of Grace's Specialty Catalysts business segment, said: "Grace is proud to have been selected for this significant contract with CKPC. Our industry-leading process technology and catalysts technologies combine to provide our customer unparalleled flexibility to deliver the resins that are in highest demand."