China Expansions: Lianyungang Petrochemical’s HDPE plant; ExxonMobil to invest in petchem complex in Huizhou

Lianyungang Petrochemical’s HDPE plant

Lianyungang Petrochemical Co. (a company of Zhejiang Satellite) has again selected LyondellBasell’s Hostalen “Advanced Cascade Process” (Hostalen ACP) technology for a second 400-kilotonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant. The new facility will be built at Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province, China.

“We are excited about this additional award from Lianyungang Petrochemical Co., Ltd which demonstrates the credibility LyondellBasell has in the polyethylene market,” said Jim Seward, Senior Vice President R&D, Technology and Sustainability at LyondellBasell. “Additionally, with this license, the global nameplate capacity of Hostalen ACP will exceed 10 million tonnes per year.”

The Hostalen ACP technology is the process of choice for the production of high-performance multimodal HDPE products.

Lu Wei Wei, Vice President of Zhejiang Satellite, added, “The market appreciates the HDPE resins out of LyondellBasell’s low-pressure slurry process and the technology enables us to produce reliably and economically“.

The Hostalen ACP process technology manufactures high performance, multi-modal HDPE resins with stiffness/toughness balance, impact resistance, high stress cracking resistance and process advantages used in pressure pipe, film, blow moulding and caps & closure applications.

ExxonMobil to invest in petchem complex in Huizhou

Meanwhile in other news, US firm ExxonMobil says it has made a final investment decision to proceed with a multi-billion dollar chemical complex in the Dayawan Petrochemical Industrial Park in Huizhou, Guangdong Province in China. The facility will help meet expected demand growth for performance chemical products in China.

Construction is underway on the greenfield project, which includes a flexible feed steam cracker, three performance polyethylene (PE) lines, and two differentiated performance polypropylene (PP) lines. The steam cracker will have a nameplate capacity of approximately 1.6 million tonnes/year.

The chemical complex will produce performance polymers used in packaging, automotive, agricultural, and consumer products for hygiene and personal care. As part of ExxonMobil’s ongoing commitment to advancing climate solutions, the site will feature industry-leading technologies to improve energy efficiency.

“Demand for performance polymers will continue to increase in China, and we’re well positioned to meet the needs of that growing market,” said Karen McKee, president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company. “We look forward to progressing this exciting project as we work to build a competitive growth platform in Dayawan.”

The facility supports progress toward China’s national petrochemical development priorities, which include self-sufficiency, diversified feedstock sources and advancing new competitive technology.

ExxonMobil adds it is prioritising near-term capital investments on advantaged assets with the highest potential value and ability to generate attractive shareholder returns. These include chemicals projects to grow high-value performance products by 60% by 2027. Besides the chemical complex in China, ExxonMobil and Sabic’s joint venture in San Patricio County, TX, Gulf Coast Growth Ventures, is in the process of starting up.

ExxonMobil has operated in China for more than a century. The company’s current business interests include a presence in downstream, chemicals and liquefied natural gas.


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