Technology from Honeywells UOP
has been selected to boost yields at Romania's largest
synthetic rubber production facility, project officials confirmed on
Romania-based Energy Bio-Chemicals will use UOPs
KLP process to purify butadiene, a monomer used to
produce synthetic rubber, at the company's CAROM Onesti
styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) facility.
The project is part of the company's modernization investment program to
upgrade their butadiene installation and increase
Butadiene demand - driven by growth in the replacement tire
industry, and electronics and consumer markets - exceeded
supply by 170,000 tons in 2011, according to the May 2012
Chemsystem Nexant report.
Europe and the Middle East are
currently responsible for more than a quarter of the global
butadiene demand, thereby putting the Romania plant in a
strategic position, the company said.
"UOP is committed to technologies that help refining and petrochemical producers maximize
their yields," said Pete Piotrowski, vice president and general
manager of UOPs process technology and equipment business
As global demand for tires continues to grow, UOP's technology allows producers to
maximize yields with nearly 100% conversion of vinyl acetylene
The KLP process increases the yield of butadiene,
while also eliminating acetylene, a difficult-to-handle and
unwanted byproduct, from the process.
UOP will also provide a proprietary Caustic Merox unit to
remove sulfur from the crude C4 feedstock.
The contract includes licensing, engineering, technical
support and catalysts.
Further details on UOPs KLP process can be
found at the companys website by clicking here.