Honeywell's UOP said Wednesday that its Oleflex
process technology has been selected by China's Longgang
Chemical Co. to produce key ingredients for fuels and synthetic
The UOP C4 Oleflex process will be used to
convert refinery-derived isobutane to
isobutylene, a valuable petrochemical used in the production
of fuels and synthetic rubber, according to project officials.
This is UOP's second C4 Oleflex process license in
China. In addition to technology licensing, UOP will
provide basic engineering, catalysts, adsorbents, specialty
equipment and engineering for the project.
"As the demand for petrochemicals grows, especially in
China, producers are looking for ways to maximize product
yields while reducing production costs," said Pete Piotrowski,
senior vice president and general manager of UOP's process
technology and equipment business
"Honeywell's UOP technology will help China meet growing demand
efficiently and more profitably. This project is yet another milestone for
UOP's Oleflex technology, and we look forward to working with
Longgang will use Honeywell's UOP technology to process
175,000 tpy of mixed butane feedstock at its facility in
Dongying City, Shandong Province, China. The facility is
expected to start up in 2015.
The C4 Oleflex process uses catalytic
dehydrogenation to convert isobutane to isobutylene. Compared
with competing processes, the technology provides the lowest cash
cost of production, the highest return on investment and the
smallest environmental footprint, according
to company officials.