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March 27, 2014

CB&I awarded Catofin technology project in China

Gerald Ondrey

CB&I (The Woodlands, Tex.; has been awarded a contract by Shandong Sincier Petrochemical Co. for the license and engineering design of a grassroots propane and butane dehydrogenation unit to be built in Dongying, Shandong Province, China.

The unit will use the Catofin dehydrogenation technology offered from CB&I and Clariant´s Muttenz, Switzerland; tailor-made Catofin catalyst to process feeds containing 165,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of propane and 250,000 m.t./yr of iso-butane for the joint production of propylene and isobutylene.

"This project award demonstrates the flexibility of the Catofin technology and catalyst to allow customers to co-process multiple feed compositions at optimal conditions for the highest yields with proven operational reliability," says Daniel McCarthy, president of CB&I's Technology operating group. "The new Catofin unit will enable Shandong Sincier to process cost effective LPG feedstocks."

Propylene and isobutylene will be used as building blocks to produce a variety of plastics and solvents.



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