Clariant, Sinopec sign agreements fuel upgrading catalyst technology

Clariant, Sinopec sign agreements on fuel upgrading catalyst technology

11:39 AM, 11th January 2018
Senior management from Clariant and Sinopec met in Beijing, China to sign the agreements.
Senior management from Clariant and Sinopec met in Bejing, China to sign the agreements.

MUNICH, GERMANY: Clariant International Ltd said that it has signed two key agreements with Sinopec, China’s largest petroleum and chemical company.

The first of these is the FCAS Series Sorbent Agreement in which Sinopec has agreed to license its FCAS series of S-Zorb sorbent to Clariant. The cooperation agreement will allow Clariant to scale up the catalyst product portfolio for commercial production of low sulfur gasoline.

The second is the fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) agency agreement between Sinopec Catalyst Company (SCC) and Clariant Qatar WLL stating that Clariant Qatar WLL will be the representative for Sinopec’s FCC catalysts to oil refineries in Qatar.

FCC naphtha is the major contributor to the gasoline pool. However, it typically contains up to 2,000 ppm wt. sulfur. As the China V specification requires a sulfur concentration of below 10 ppm wt., sulfur removal is essential. Hydrodesulfurization, a method widely used to remove sulfur from naphtha, requires a considerable amount of hydrogen and results in the loss of RON (research octane number).

In contrast, the S-Zorb process uses catalysts to adsorb all sulfur species from FCC gasoline with high RON retention and high liquid yield. Moreover, the single step process requires no recycle streams, and consumes significantly less hydrogen. These factors have made S-Zorb a technology of choice in China for upgrading gasoline from China National IV (equivalent to EURO IV) to China National V (equivalent to EURO V) standards.

“Cooperation with a well-respected, innovative and reliable catalyst partner is essential for SINOPEC’s fuel upgrading technologies. Although we have successfully collaborated with Clariant in the past (including their predecessor company Süd-Chemie), we are very delighted to continue and further expand our partnership,” said Ma Yongsheng, senior vice president of Sinopec Group.

“We are honoured to have enjoyed a successful partnership with Sinopec since 2001 and are delighted to further strengthen our cooperation through these agreements. As a leading provider of catalysts for fuel upgrading, we are committed to driving value and innovation through sustainability,” added Stefan Heuser, senior vice president & general manager business unit catalysts at Clariant.

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