Honeywell's UOP announced Tuesday that two Chinese petrochemical
selected UOP process technologies to help meet growing demand
for high-value petrochemicals
Shandong Huachao Chemical Co. will use the UOP C4
Oleflex process to produce isobutylene, a key ingredient
for fuels and synthetic rubber.
In addition, Zibo Qixiang Tengda Chemical Co. will use the
UOP Butamer process to transform normal butane to
isobutane and UOP's C3/C4 Oleflex process to convert
isobutane to isobutylene and propane to propylene for the
production of plastics.
Both companies are located in Shandong Province on China's
projects represent UOP's 16th and 17th
announced licenses for the Oleflex technology
since the beginning of
2011, as demand for propylene and isobutylene grows in the
The Shandong Huachao project
will be the sixth C4
unit in China, and the Zibo Qixiang Tengda project
is the third combined
license UOP has been awarded.
"China has rapidly emerged as one of the largest petrochemical
producers in Asia,"
said Pete Piotrowski, senior vice president and general
manager of UOP's process technology
"In the last three years, UOP has licensed technology to
produce more than 8 million metric tons of these key petrochemicals
more than 5.4 million metric tons in China, and we look
forward to continuing to provide efficient, cost-effective
technology solutions to support the world's increasing
demand," he added.
The new units are expected to start up in 2016.
The Shandong Huachao facility will process 200,000 metric
tons of isobutane. and the Zibo Qixiang Tengda facility will
process 400,000 metric tons of propane and butane feedstock
In addition to the technology
licensing, UOP will
provide the engineering design, catalysts, adsorbents,
equipment, staff training and technical service for both project