Polymers

Business Trends: Propane dehydrogenation technology is transforming the propylene business

Propylene demand has been increasing rapidly in recent years, and traditional processes are struggling to keep up.

Details on high-impact refining and petrochemical projects presently under construction, as chosen by HP editors and readers

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The global hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) continues to expand and modernize to efficiently meet growing demand for energy, transportation fuels and petrochemicals.

thyssenkrupp to build two major polymer plants in Turkey

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions’ subsidiary Uhde Inventa-Fischer has signed a contract to build two new world-scale polymer plants for SASA Polyester Sanayi A.Ş in Adana, Turkey. One plant is planned to produce 380,000 tpy of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for low-viscosity applications.

Grace licenses polypropylene process technology to KIPIC, Sinochem

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 to Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC) for the integrated petrochemical complex at its Al-Zour refinery and Sinochem Quanzhou Petrochemical Co., Ltd. for a 1-MMtpy ethylene cracker and refinery expansion project at its facility in Quanzhou, Fujian province, China.

Comparing DNBP replacement options in styrene production

The manufacturing of styrene commonly uses 2,4-dinitro-6-sec butylphenol (DNBP) as a retarder to protect against styrene polymer formation.

Dow announces start-up of world-scale ethylene production facility, polyethylene unit in Texas

MIDLAND, Mich. — DowDuPont Materials Science, the business division of DowDuPont to be named Dow, announced the startup of its new integrated world-scale ethylene production facility and its new ELITE enhanced polyethylene production facility, both in Freeport, Texas.

LyondellBasell begins production at new PP compounding plant in China

HOUSTON and ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands — LyondellBasell announced the successful startup of a new 20 ktpy polypropylene (PP) compounding plant in Dalian, China. This is the company's third facility in China, strategically located to serve the region's growing automotive market.

PTT explores possibility of propylene oxide, polyether polyols complex in Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand — PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) signed two head of agreements (HoAs), to jointly perform engineering study for potential development of Propylene Oxide (PO) 200 KTA with Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) and to jointly perform engineering study for potential development of Polyether Polyols (Polyols) 130 KTA with Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) and Sanyo Chemical Industries, Ltd. (SCI).

Business Trends: Ethylene production economics from optional feedstocks

Sorour, F. H., Gulf of Suez Petroleum Co.; Abdelmonem, N. M., Cairo University; Tewfik, SH. R., National Research Center (NRC); Ashour, F. H., Gadalla, M.A., British University in Egypt

The petrochemicals industry is witnessing enormous growth worldwide. Ethylene is produced by cracking a range of hydrocarbons. Naphtha is the main raw material used in European and Japanese crackers, while the US utilizes ethane as its primary feedstock.

MOL Group partners with Evonik, thyssenkrupp for Polyol Project

BUDAPEST — Half a year after the announcement of the 2030 strategy, MOL Group has reached an important milestone in its industrial transformational journey. The license agreements signed with Evonik and thyssenkrupp, will enable MOL to produce propylene oxide, a key component for the production of polyether polyols. MOL intends to become a significant producer of polyether polyols, high-value intermediates for products applied in the automotive, packaging and furniture industries.