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World’s largest catalytic propane dehydrogenation plant starts up in China

By Mary Page Bailey |

McDermott International, Inc. (Houston; www.mcdermott.com) announced the recent successful startup of the world’s largest catalytic dehydrogenation plant, which is located at Hengli Petrochemical (Dalian) Refinery Co., Ltd.’s site in Liaoning Province, China, and uses McDermott’s Lummus CATOFIN technology.

This single-train dehydrogenation unit uses CATOFIN catalyst and Heat Generating Material (HGM) from Lummus Technology’s catalyst partner, Clariant, to process 500,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr)nof propane and 800,000 m.t./yr of isobutene for the production of propylene and isobutylene. In addition to the technology license, McDermott also provided the process design package, training, and technical support for this plant.

“Lummus CATOFIN technology continues to be the dehydrogenation technology of choice, continually exceeding customer expectations for overall performance,” said Leon de Bruyn, Senior Vice President of McDermott’s Lummus Technology business. “This technology offers lower capital and operational costs for our customers, combined with unmatched reliability and optimization.

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