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March 28, 2013

Sinopec Sichuan Vinylon Works and Davy announce the acceptance of a methanol plant in China

Gerald Ondrey

China Petrochemical International Ltd. (Sinopec International), Sinopec Sichuan Vinylon Works (SVW) and Davy Process Technology (Davy; London, England;, a wholly owned Johnson Matthey subsidiary, are pleased to announce the acceptance of a 771,000 metric ton (m.t.) per year methanol plant located in Changshou Chemical Garden, Chongqing, P.R. China. The Plant is the first Davy facility to utilize acetylene off-gas as a feedstock to produce refined methanol, which is used in downstream facilities within SVW’s works in the production of acetic acid. The plant also includes a purge loop with an oxygen-blown Autothermal Reformer (ATR) to increase the plant efficiency and capacity.

The success of this plant is due to the excellent team work and co-operation between Davy who undertook the process design, Davy/Johnson Matthey as the technology licensor and catalyst and proprietary equipment supplier, SVW as the plant operator and Sinopec Ningbo Engineering Co. who performed the detail engineering.

The plant is one of fourteen that Davy and Johnson Matthey have licensed, globally over the past five years, with a combined annual capacity of more than 20 million tons of new methanol capacity.

The advanced methanol-synthesis technology that is used by the plant has been chosen from an extensive portfolio of syngas and methanol synthesis processes jointly developed and marketed by Davy and Johnson Matthey for use in gas and coal to chemical plants.

Mr Antoine Bordet, Managing Director of Davy, said "We are delighted that SVW’s methanol plant has reached this major milestone and is producing on-spec high quality methanol at the design capacity. This demonstrates the benefit of the excellent co-operation which exists between all the parties involved in the project. We wish Sinopec International and SVW every success in the on-going operation of the plant and look forward to further cementing our long term relationships in future collaboration projects."



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