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Jiangsu Sailboat starts Honeywell UOP MTO unit
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Feb '17
Jiangsu Sailboat Petrochemical Company Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shenghong Holding Group, has started Honeywell's UOP Advanced Methanol-to-Olefins (MTO) unit during a 10-day test to confirm successful operation. When the full unit goes online, it will have a capacity of 833,000 metric tons per year—the largest single-train MTO unit in the world.

Located in Lianyungang City in China's Jiangsu Province, the Sailboat facility will produce propylene for the production of acrylonitrile, which is used to make clothing and fabrics, and high-performance polymers used in automotive parts, hard hats and other hard plastic products. The plant will also produce ethylene for the production of ethylene vinyl acetate copolymers, which are used to make adhesives, foams, medical devices, photovoltaic cells, and other products, as well as C4 olefins for the production of butadiene, an ingredient in synthetic rubber.

Raw materials like ethylene and propylene have traditionally been derived from crude oil. For regions such as China that lack domestic sources of crude oil, the Advanced MTO Technology allows for the use of other more economical feedstocks such as coal and natural gas. Jiangsu Sailboat chose the Advanced MTO process because it produces the highest yields of light olefins at the lowest cost of production, with the lowest catalyst consumption and the lowest operating cost. In addition, the unit is configured for production of C4 olefins, as well as ethylene and propylene.

Honeywell UOP's Advanced MTO process combines the UOP/Hydro MTO process and the Total/UOP Olefin Cracking Process to significantly increase yields and feedstock efficiency. The process converts methanol from coal and natural gas into ethylene and propylene. At the heart of the technology are UOP's proprietary catalysts, which make it possible to efficiently adjust the ratio of propylene and ethylene produced so operators can most effectively meet demand for those products.

"We expect China to invest more than $100 billion in coal-to-chemicals technology in the next five years," said Mike Millard, vice president and general manager of UOP's Process Technology and Equipment business. "With China's demand growth for propylene of 7 per cent per year, ethylene demand growing nearly 6 per cent, and butadiene at almost 4 per cent, our Advanced MTO process provides an excellent solution to meet that demand." (RKS)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – China


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