May 2008

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Process improvements in propylene oxide aim to ease tight markets

Technologies for propylene oxide (PO) production are undergoing a flurry of activity, according to a new outlook from global energy consultancy Nexant, Inc. (www.nexant.com). Since the commercializati..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Technologies for propylene oxide (PO) production are undergoing a flurry of activity, according to a new outlook from global energy consultancy Nexant, Inc. (www.nexant.com). Since the commercialization of Sumitomo Chemical's PO-only route in 2003, other companies have declared their intentions of developing PO-only technologies. These new methods generally fall into four categories: Cumene hydroperoxide-based propylene oxidation with cumene recycle (i.e., the Sumitomo process) Hydrogen peroxide-based propylene oxidation Direct propylene oxidation with oxygen technology Direct propylene hydro-oxidation with oxygen and hydrogen. New construction. Several companies have been d

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