Lummus and Clariant unveil start-up of world's largest CATOFIN PDH unit

Lummus Technology, a global provider of process technologies and value-driven energy solutions, and its catalyst partner Clariant, announced the successful startup and acceptance of Qingdao Jinneng New Material Co.'s 900,000 MMtpy CATOFIN propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China.

"The successful startup of the world's largest PDH unit demonstrates the continuous improvements of our CATOFIN technology and Clariant's catalyst performance," said Leon de Bruyn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lummus Technology. "No other technology has such a strong track record of reliability, productivity and performance, especially for units at this scale, which is why it is the global leader in propylene production." 

Qingdao Jinneng originally selected CATOFIN based on the technology's robust performance and continuous operation at or above design capacity as demonstrated by the many CATOFIN units operating worldwide.

The CATOFIN process combines Lummus' advanced technology with Clariant's tailor-made catalysts and heat generating material to convert propane to propylene. CATOFIN technology is an industry-leading method for light paraffin dehydrogenation that delivers excellent annual production output compared to alternative technologies. The process operates at thermodynamically advantaged reactor pressure and temperature to maximize conversion of propane to propylene, while reducing investment and operating costs.

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