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UOP MTO technology selected to convert coal to petrochemicals in China  

By Gerald Ondrey |

UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop.com), a Honeywell company, announced today that China’s Jiutai Energy (Zhungeer) Co. Ltd. has licensed UOP’s methanol-to-olefins (MTO) technology to convert methanol from coal into key plastics building blocks. The UOP/Hydro MTO process converts methanol from gasified coal or natural gas to produce high yields of ethylene and propylene, building block materials used in the production of films, packaging, plastics and other petrochemicals. The breakthrough technology allows producers in countries such as China to tap abundant coal resources, rather than more expensive petroleum, to produce petrochemicals. “UOP’s MTO process will allow Jiutai to use methanol derived from cheaper and abundant coal to maximize yields of high-value petrochemicals, reduce operating costs and expand its presence in China’s growing ethylene and propylene markets,” says Pete Piotrowski, senior vice president and general manager of UOP’s Process Technology & Equipment business unit. “This project is another milestone for MTO technology and another example of how this technology can tap cheaper feedstocks such as coal and natural gas to meet the growing global demand for petrochemical…
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