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China PDH Expansions: Lummus/Clariant announce start-up of world’s largest PDH unit; Shandong Ruize Chemical commissions new PDH unit

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Process technology firm Lummus Technology and its catalyst partner Swiss chemical firm Clariant, have announced the successful start-up and acceptance of Qingdao Jinneng New Material Co.’s 900,000 tonnes/year Catofin propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China.
 

Qingdao Jinneng originally selected Catofin based on the technology’s robust performance and continuous operation at or above design capacity as demonstrated by the many Catofin units operating worldwide, says Lummus.
  
The Catofin process combines Lummus’ advanced technology with Clariant’s tailor-made catalysts and heat generating material to convert propane to propylene. It is a method for light paraffin dehydrogenation that is said to deliver excellent annual production output compared to alternative technologies. The process operates at thermodynamically advantaged reactor pressure and temperature to maximise conversion of propane to propylene, while reducing investment and operating costs.

Meanwhile in related news, Shandong Ruize Chemical Technology Co. Ltd. has commissioned a new PDH unit at its refining complex in Zibo City, Shandong Province, China. The plant, which has capacity to produce 300,000 tonnes/year of polymer-grade propylene (PGP), is part of Shandong Ruize’s plan to shift its Zibo complex from refining to petrochemicals, says Lummus Technology.

The start-up of the unit follows Shandong Ruize’s award in 2018 to Lummus for delivery of technology licensing, basic engineering design, training, and commissioning services on the new PDH unit, which officially began in May, the service provider said.

“This successful start-up demonstrates the cost-effective flexibility of Lummus’ Catofin technology, from Shandong Ruize’s smaller-scale 300 KTA unit to some of the world’s largest PDH units that we’ve licensed recently,” said Leon de Bruyn, President/CEO of Lummus Technology.

(PRA)


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