UOP gives aromatics technology build large petrochemical unit in China

UOP gives aromatics technology to build large petrochemical unit in China

10:35 AM, 21st July 2015
UOP gives aromatics technology to build large petrochemical unit in China

DES PLAINES, US: UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, said that China’s Ningxia Baota Chemical Fiber Co Ltd will use Honeywell UOP’s latest generation technologies and equipment to build an energy-efficient petrochemical complex. The Yinchuan city, Ningxia, China, complex will produce valuable petrochemicals as well as high-quality gasoline and is expected to come online in 2018.

The new complex will be the first in China to use Honeywell UOP’s energy efficient aromatics complex design to convert heavy naphtha, a product of the oil refining process, into 800,000 metric tonne per year of high-purity para-xylene. Para-xylene is the primary component for making synthetic fibre, packaging and plastics, and it is in high demand in Asia. The plant will also produce 520,000 metric tonne per year of high-quality gasoline and 200,000 metric tonne per year of benzene, a basic petrochemical building block.

“Nowhere in the world is para-xylene demand growing as fast as it is in Asia. UOP’s next-generation aromatics technology combines the latest catalysts and adsorbents with an energy-efficient design to reduce energy consumption by as much as 20 percent, helping achieve the lowest cost of operation for para-xylene producers in the industry,” said Mike Millard, vice president and general manager of Honeywell UOP’s process technology and equipment business.

In addition to licensing, Honeywell UOP will provide the basic engineering, commissioning services, training services, proprietary equipment, catalysts and adsorbents for the new complex.

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