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Expansions: Lummus/Citroniq to produce green PP in US; Technip awarded contract for Juhua’s PTT plant in China

Lummus/Citroniq to produce green PP in US

Lummus Technology, a global provider of process technologies, and Citroniq Chemicals, a producer of carbon-negative materials, say that the two companies have signed a letter of intent (LOI) for the development of Citroniq's green polypropylene (PP) projects in North America. These projects will use Lummus' Verdene PP technology suite.

"Lummus is honoured to collaborate with Citroniq to bring this innovative and sustainable technology to market, which will facilitate further decarbonisation of our industry," said Leon de Bruyn, President/CEO of Lummus Technology. "Lummus is the global leader in licensing PP technology, and we can serve as a launch pad for Citroniq's green, carbon-negative PP to meet the growing demand for products using sustainable materials."

"Together, Citroniq and Lummus are creating the first world-scale sustainable bio-polypropylene production process in North America," said Kelly Knopp, Principal and Co-Founder of Citroniq Chemicals. "The first plant will sequester about 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 annually as solid polypropylene pellets, providing customers an impactful solution for reducing their carbon footprint and meeting their ESG goals."

"With a projected investment of over US$5 billion and a combined PP annual capacity of over 3.5 billion pounds, Citroniq is prepared to execute a rapid expansion plan of its E2O process, to meet the market's growing need for sustainable, carbon negative polypropylene at a competitive price," said Mel Badheka, Principal/Co-Founder of Citroniq Chemicals.

"Located in the Midwest, Citroniq's first plant is scheduled to start production in 2026 and provide identical, drop-in products that can be directly certified as biogenic through physical testing."

Technip awarded contract for Juhua’s PTT plant in China

Meanwhile in other news, Technip Energies says it has been awarded a contract by Ningbo Juhua Chemical & Science Co. Ltd for a 1,3-propanediol (PDO) plant with a capacity of 72 kilotonnes/year and a 150 kilotonnes polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT) plant in Ningbo, Zhejiang, China.

These two products are based on Technip Energies’ proprietary Zimmer PDO and PTT technologies to strengthen and expand Juhua’s petrochemical new materials business while improving its competitiveness.

Technip Energies will provide the licenses, basic design packages and proprietary equipment for both technologies, as well as detail design services.

This PDO technology was originally developed by Shell and Shell Catalysts & Technologies will be the catalyst supplier to the PDO plant.

For Technip Energies, this is the first commercial scale application of the Zimmer PDO technology.

PDO is a colourless, odourless organic chemical that can be used in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and plastics manufacturing fields. It is also the feedstock for PTT, a high performance and versatile polyester, used in the manufacturing of high quality carpet and textiles.


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