Honeywells UOP said Wednesday its technology has been
selected to help produce key ingredients for fuels, synthetic
rubber and plastics in China.
Chinas Heilongjiang Anruijia Petrochemical Co. will use the UOP
C4 Oleflex process to produce isobutylene, a key
ingredient for fuels and synthetic rubber.
The company will also use UOPs Butamer
process to produce normal butane, a feedstock used to produce ethylene,
a building block for plastics.
In order to meet domestic demand for fuels, plastics
and other key materials, China is rapidly emerging as one of
the largest petrochemical producers in
Asia, said Pete Piotrowski, senior vice president and
general manager of UOPs process technology and equipment
Over the past two years, UOP has licensed technology in China to produce more
than 4 million metric tons of certain key petrochemicals, and we look forward
to continuing to provide efficient, cost-effective technology solutions to support the
The new units, expected to start up in 2014, will produce
180,000 tpy of isobutylene and 150,000 tpy of normal butane at
its facility in Heilongjiang Province, China.
This will be the first facility in China to dedicate a
process unit for isobutylene production using the C4
Oleflex process, and the first to license the
Butamer process to produce normal butane.
UOP says it will also provide the engineering design,
technology licensing, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, staff
training and technical service for the project.
The C4 Oleflex process uses catalytic
dehydrogenation to convert isobutane to isobutylene. Compared
with competing processes, UOP says the Oleflex technology offers the lowest cash
cost of production, the highest return on investment and the
smallest environmental footprint.
Meanwhile, the Butamer process uses high-activity,
chloride-promoted catalysts in the presence of hydrogen to
convert isobutane to normal butane. When used in a steam
cracker, normal butane is the preferred feedstock to maximize ethylene
To date, Honeywells UOP has commissioned two
Butamer units to produce normal butane and another 75
units to convert normal butane to isobutane.
Heilongjiang Anruijia Petrochemical Co. is private company
that focuses on liquid petroleum gas (LPG) trading throughout
China and is headquartered in Heilongjiang Province, China.