Grace Licenses process technology, services to Ningxia Baofeng Energy Group

COLUMBIA, Md. — W. R. Grace & Co., a supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and polypropylene (PP) process technology, has contracted to license its UNIPOL PP process technology and services to Ningxia Baofeng Energy Group Co., Ltd. for a new methanol-to-olefin (MTO) facility in Ningxia, China. The new reactor line is expected to begin operations in late 2018.

Based in Yinchaun, China, Ningxia Baofeng Energy Group manufactures, processes, and markets coal and petrochemical products, which include methanol and olefin. This new PP unit is designed to produce 300 ktpy of homopolymer, random copolymers, and impact copolymers.

The project represents the 22nd UNIPOL PP Process Technology reactor line license in China. With this license, the total design capacity of UNIPOL PP lines in China will reach nearly 7,000 ktpy.

Grace's all gas-phase UNIPOL PP Process Technology provides the most advanced and broadest range of homopolymers, random copolymers, and impact copolymers in the industry. As the simplest of all PP process technologies, with fewer moving parts and less equipment than any alternative, its reliable, stable, and predictable operation leads to lower capital, operating, and maintenance costs.

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