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UOP’s Oleflex technology selected for propylene production in China  

By Gerald Ondrey |

UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop.com), a Honeywell company, says that it has been selected by Zhejiang Julong Petrochemical Co. (ZJLPC) to provide key technology for a new unit to produce propylene at its facility in Pinghu City, Zhejiang Province, China. UOP will provide engineering design, technology licensing, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, staff training and technical service for the project. The unit is expected to start up in 2013 and to produce 450,000 metric tons  of propylene per year. China’s propylene consumption accounts for more than 15% of worldwide demand and is growing at about 5 to 6% per year. “This project is a significant milestone for UOP because it is the first propane dehydrogenation unit we have licensed in China,” says Pete Piotrowski, senior vice president for UOP’s process technology and equipment business unit. The new propane dehydrogenation unit at the facility will use UOP’s C3 Oleflex technology to convert propane to propylene, a material used in the production of chemicals and materials such as films and packaging. The UOP Oleflex process uses catalytic dehydrogenation to convert propane to propylene. Compared to competing PDH processes, Oleflex technology provides…
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