KBR wins licensing, process design deal for China olefins recovery project

KBR on Monday was awarded a license and process design package contract for a new olefins recovery unit in Yulin city in China’s 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.

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