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PL Propylene to build large propane-dehydrogenation plant    

By Gerald Ondrey |

PL Propylene LLC, a PetroLogistics company (Houston, Tex.; www.petrologistics.com), announced today the commencement of a project to construct a 1.2 billion lb/yr propane-dehydrogenation plant to produce propylene. The facility will be located in the vicinity of the Houston Ship Channel at the site of the former Houston Olefins Plant recently acquired by PL Propylene from ExxonMobil Oil Corp. (now ExxonMobil). The infrastructure, logistics and certain of the processing units of the former ExxonMobil plant will be used as the platform for the project, which will utilize the Catofin technology licensed by Lummus Technology, a CB&I company. When completed in mid-2010, the plant will produce both chemical grade and polymer grade propylene, and will have extensive pipeline connectivity to propylene consumers. The plant will also produce commercial quantities of hydrogen and other co-products. S & B Engineers and Constructors will serve as the principal EPC contractor. PL Propylene president Nathan Ticatch says “this project will take advantage of the unique attributes of the Houston Olefins Plant that make it ideally suited for conversion to propane dehydrogenation to make propylene. The resulting facility will be the largest…
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