UOP licenses butane feedstock technology in China

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 rubber.

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 unit.

"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 Chemical."

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.

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