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UOP phenol technology selected by Cepsa Chemical in China  

By Gerald Ondrey |

UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop.com), a Honeywell company, says that Cepsa Chemical (Shanghai) Co. will use UOP process technology to meet demand in China for key petrochemicals used to make plastics for the fast-growing domestic construction and automotive industries. Cepsa Chemical (Shanghai) will use UOP’s Phenol process to produce high quality phenol and by-product acetone, key building blocks for polycarbonate plastics used in construction and automobile production. The new facility will be built at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park. China is the world’s largest consumer of polycarbonate plastics, representing nearly 30 percent of global consumption. Demand is expected to grow by 13%/yr during the next 10 years. Cepsa Chemical (Shanghai) is majority owned by Cepsa, an integrated energy company based in Spain. The new complex in China will have a capacity of 250,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of phenol and 150,000 m.t./yr of acetone, and will make Cepsa the second-largest producer of phenol in the world. In addition to technology licensing, UOP will provide process design and start-up services for the Shanghai complex, which is expected to begin production in November 2014. The new phenol plant will be integrated…
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