China's Jiangsu Sailboat Petrochemical Co. has licensed the
advanced methanol-to-olefin (MTO) process of Honeywell's
UOP to convert methanol from gasified coal into
olefins, the companies said on Thursday.
It is the fourth licensing win for UOP's advanced MTO
process technology. The technology allows petrochemical producers in China and
elsewhere to tap cheaper coal and natural gas feedstocks, rather than liquefied
petroleum gas or oil, to produce ethylene and propylene to meet
growing demand for petrochemicals.
All four MTO licenses have been in China, which possesses large
coal reserves but imports the bulk of its petroleum.
"Jiangsu Sailboat will be able to help meet China's growing
demand for ethylene and propylene by using methanol derived from cheaper and
more abundant coal, maximizing yields of high-value petrochemicals and reducing
operating costs," said Pete Piotrowski, senior vice president
and general manager of UOP's process technology and equipment business
"UOP continues to see high interest in this breakthrough
technology and expects the first licensed unit in China to
enter production this year," he added.
Once built, the Jiangsu Sailboat unit is expected to be the
largest single-train MTO unit in the world, producing 833,000
tpy of ethylene and propylene. The unit will also provide
feedstock to downstream units
producing 4 million tpy of petrochemical products. Located in
Lianyungang City, Jiangsu Province, China, the unit is expected
to start up in 2015.
In addition to technology licensing, UOP will
provide engineering, training, technical service, catalysts,
adsorbents and specialty equipment for the project.
The advanced MTO process, jointly developed by Honeywell's
UOP and INEOS, combines Honeywell's UOP/Hydro MTO process and
the Total/UOP Olefin Cracking process, which significantly
increases yields and efficiency when combined with MTO. The
process converts methanol from non-crude oil sources
such as coal or natural gas into ethylene and propylene.
Based on proprietary UOP catalysts, Honeywell's UOP advanced
MTO process provides high yields with low operating costs, the
company says. MTO also offers flexibility in the amount of
propylene and ethylene produced, so operators can adjust plant
designs to most effectively address market demands.
Since 2011, UOP has announced three other MTO projects. The first project will be
with Wison (Nanjing) Clean Energy. The facility is expected to
start up this year, and it is projected to produce
295,000 tpy of ethylene and propylene.
Shandong Yangmei Hengtong Chemicals will also produce
295,000 tpy of ethylene and propylene and it is expected
to start up in 2014.
Jiutai Energy (Zhungeer) Co. licensed Honeywell's UOP/Hydro
MTO process, and it is expected to produce 600,000 tpy of
ethylene and propylene in its facility, which is expected to
start up in 2014.