March 2020

Special Focus: Petrochemical Technology

Engineering propylene: Value unlocking with the PDH process

Propylene is at the core of the petrochemical industry, with the synthesis of its numerous derivatives finding greater application in industries from textile to automobile, cosmetics and beyond. Propylene is also a foundation block/intermediate for numerous chemicals, from isopropanol to polypropylene (a widely used synthetic material) to gasoline octane enhancers.

Propylene is at the core of the petrochemical industry, with the synthesis of its numerous derivatives finding greater application in industries from textile to automobile, cosmetics and beyond. Propylene is also a foundation block/intermediate for numerous chemicals, from isopropanol to polypropylene (a widely used synthetic material) to gasoline octane enhancers. Propylene demand is outpacing capacity additions at the traditional propylene production sources of steam cracking and fluid catalytic cracking (FCC). The limitations of these two processes required the use of alternative, on-purpose propylene processes. Propane dehydrogenation (PDH) has been the frontrunner among on-purpose tec

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