Honeywells UOP has been selected by Dow Chemical to
provide technology to produce propylene at a Dow production
site in Texas, the companies said on Thursday.
Dow Texas Operations will use Honeywell UOP C3
Oleflex technology in a new propane
dehydrogenation unit to convert shale gas-derived propane to
propylene, a product used in the production of packaging,
adhesives, coatings, cleaners and many other end-use
applications, the company said.
The facility will produce 750,000 metric tpy of
The unit is scheduled to start up in 2015. It will be the
first of its kind in the US and the largest single-train
propane dehydrogenation plant in North America.
There is a unique opportunity in todays market
where shale gas development is driving lower prices and greater
availability of propane as a feedstock for petrochemicals, said Pete
Piotrowski, senior vice president for process technology and equipment at UOP.
This, along with global growth in propylene demand, makes
the Oleflex process a highly attractive solution.
This agreement represents another significant
milestone in our comprehensive plan to further connect
Dows US operations with cost-advantaged ethane and
propane feedstocks, based on the abundant
shale gas deposits in the US, said Jim Fitterling, Dow
executive vice president and president of feedstocks, energy and corporate
The Oleflex process uses UOP CCR continuous
catalyst regeneration technology to dehydrogenate propane to
propylene over a platinum catalyst.
Compared with alternative propane dehydrogenation processes,
Oleflex technology provides the lowest cash cost of production
and the highest return on investment, UOP said.
These outcomes are enabled by low operating and capital costs,
minimum plot area requirements, excellent scalability, high
propylene yield, and maximum operating flexibility, according
to the company.
Since the technology was commercialized in
1990, Honeywells UOP has commissioned nine C3
Oleflex units for on-purpose propylene production,
with the 10th unit scheduled to start up in 2012 in Russia.