KBR on Monday was awarded a license and process design
package contract for a new olefins recovery unit in Yulin city
in Chinas Shanxi Province.
The client owns an existing commercial plant of
coal-to-olefins, which was put into production in 2011.
That plant, KBR says, is the first and largest
coal-to-olefin project in the world using coal as
the feedstock to produce polyethylene
and polypropylene by coal gasification to methanol, then
methanol to olefin (MTO), and then olefin polymerization.
KBR officials say MTO opens up a new approach to the
implementation of the energy substitution strategy and the
founding of coal to the olefin industry.
This is the second MTO plant for the client with the
capacity of 600,000 tpy of olefins (ethylene plus propylene).
It is planned to be put into production in 2014.
KBR has over 60 years experience of olefins producing
and olefins recovery and we are pleased to continue the success
with this new methanol to olefins project, said John Derbyshire,
president of KBR Technology.
This project will enable us to expand
upon our past experience with our ACO and
SUPERFLEX technology, which have the same fluidized
catalytic cracking process as MTO.
KBR did not disclose the name of the client.