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March 18, 2008

KBR wins contract for Chinese aniline plant

Gerald Ondrey

KBR (Houston, Tex.; has been awarded a contract by Ningbo Wanhua Polyurethanes Co. to provide the technology and basic engineering for a 360,000-m.t./yr aniline plant. Once complete, Wanhua's aniline plant will be the largest in China and the largest single-train facility in the world, says KBR.

Wanhua uses aniline to produce methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI), which is used in polyurethane products, such as foam insulation, coatings and adhesives. Growth in the demand for polyurethane products is higher in Asia than in any other region. Wanhua, China's largest producer of MDI, is expanding its existing MDI capacity to a world-scale 600,000 m.t./yr to help meet this demand.

The aniline technology is available to KBR through a licensing alliance with DuPont.  The Tianji Group in China, which is one of Wanhua's suppliers of aniline, also uses DuPont aniline technology under a license from KBR through their alliance with DuPont.


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