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Lummus and Clariant announce successful startup of world’s largest Catofin PDH unit

| By Scott Jenkins


Lummus Technology (Houston;, a global provider of process technologies and value-driven energy solutions, and its catalyst partner Clariant, announced the successful startup and acceptance of Qingdao Jinneng New Material Co.’s 900,000 metric tons per annum CATOFIN propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China.

“The successful startup of the world’s largest PDH unit demonstrates the continuous improvements of our CATOFIN technology and Clariant’s catalyst performance,” said Leon de Bruyn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lummus Technology.

Qingdao Jinneng originally selected CATOFIN based on the technology’s robust performance and continuous operation at or above design capacity as demonstrated by the many CATOFIN units operating worldwide.

The CATOFIN process combines Lummus’ advanced technology with Clariant’s tailor-made catalysts and heat generating material to convert propane to propylene. CATOFIN technology is an industry-leading method for light paraffin dehydrogenation that delivers excellent annual production output compared to alternative technologies. The process operates at thermodynamically advantaged reactor pressure and temperature to maximize conversion of propane to propylene, while reducing investment and operating costs.