Honeywell's UOP granted the third technology license for its
breakthrough methanol-to-olefins (MTO) technology, which converts methanol
from coal into key petrochemicals, the company said
China's Shandong Yangmei Hengtong Chemicals will use
UOP's advanced MTO process, which combines the UOP/Hydro MTO
process and the Total Petrochemicals/UOP olefin cracking
process to convert methanol from gasified coal into ethylene
and propylene, building block materials used in the production
of films, packaging, plastics and other petrochemicals.
China is the world's largest producer of coal, accounting
for nearly half of global production, according to the US
Energy Information Administration, making it an attractive
alternative feedstock for in-country production
of plastics building blocks.
"UOP's advanced MTO solution allows petrochemical producers in China
such as Shandong to tap abundant and cheap coal resources,
produce high yields of valuable petrochemicals, and reduce operating
costs," said Pete Piotrowski, senior vice president and general
manager of Honeywell's UOP process technology and equipment business
"This technology will help Shandong meet growing demand in
China for ethylene and propylene."
Shandong will use UOP's advanced MTO solution to produce
more than 295,000 tpy of ethylene and propylene at
its facility in Tancheng, Linyi City, China.
In addition to technology licensing, Honeywell's
UOP will provide basic engineering, catalysts, adsorbents,
specialty equipment, technical services and training for the project, which is expected to start
up in 2014.
The MTO process, jointly developed by Honeywell's UOP and
INEOS (formerly Hydro), converts methanol derived from crude
oil and non-crude oil sources such as coal or natural
gas to ethylene and propylene.
The process, based on proprietary UOP catalysts, is proven to
provide high yields with minimal byproducts. MTO also offers
flexibility in the quantity of propylene and ethylene produced,
so producers can adjust plant designs to most effectively
address market demands.
Shandong will also use the olefin cracking process, which
boosts the total yield of useable ethylene and propylene by
further converting olefins produced during the MTO process.
Previously, Honeywell's UOPannounced two other MTO projects. China's Wison (Nanjing)
Clean Energy Company also licensed Honeywell UOP's advanced MTO
solution, while China's Jiutai Energy (Zhungeer) Co.
licensed Honeywell's UOP/Hydro MTO process.
The facilities are expected to produce
295,000 and 600,000 tpy of ethylene and propylene,
Shandong Yangmei Hengtong Chemicals Co. is a global chemical
enterprise that produces urea, methanol, caustic soda, hydrogen
peroxide and polyvinyl chloride. The company is based in Linyi,
China, and operates as a subsidiary of Shanxi Yangquan Coal