15 Feb 2017
Clariant and CB&I to design major new propane dehydrogenation unit in China
- High-efficiency propane dehydrogenation unit to be built for Dongguan Grand Resource Co. in China
- New plant design based on CB&I's Catofin® technology using Clariant's tailor-made Catofin catalyst and Heat Generating Material
Munich, February 15, 2017 – Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, announced today that it has been awarded a contract by Dongguan Grand Resource Science & Technology Co. Ltd. to develop a new propane dehydrogenation unit in cooperation with CB&I. The project includes the license and engineering design of the unit, which is to be built in Dongguan City, Guangdong Province, China.
The Dongguan plant will be one of the largest single-train dehydrogenation units in the world. Clariant’s technology partner CB&I will base the plant’s design on its Catofin® catalytic dehydrogenation technology, which uses Clariant’s tailor-made Catofin catalyst and Heat Generating Material (HGM).
The Catofin dehydrogenation process is a proven, highly reliable route for the production of isobutylene, propylene or amylenes from isobutene, propane or isopentanes respectively. To maximize the conversion of propane and generate a high yield of propylene, the process operates at optimum reactor pressure and temperature. This also results in low investment and operating costs. The integration of HGM in the Catofin process further enhances the performance advantages.
HGM is an innovative metal-oxide material which is designed to significantly increase the selectivity and yield of Catofin units. The material is loaded into the catalyst bed with the catalyst where it undergoes oxidation and reduction during the operating cycle, produces heat and drives the dehydrogenation reaction. These factors boost yields and save energy, as well as reducing emissions.
HGM has already demonstrated excellent performance at several propane dehydrogenation plants in China and Korea. The innovative technology was selected as a finalist in the 2015 Kirkpatrick Award for Chemical Engineering Achievement in recognition of its significant step-change contribution of feedstock utilization efficiency.
Stefan Heuser, Senior Vice President & General Manager Business Unit Catalysts at Clariant, stated, “We are proud to be part of this important project for Dongguan Grand Resource in China. As proven in previous cases, the Catofin catalyst and the HGM technology will not only bring our new client significant commercial advantages, but will also help them to reduce emissions.”
Philip K. Asherman, President & Chief Executive Officer of CB&I, added, “CB&I is pleased to have been selected by Dongguan Grand Resource to provide the Catofin technology license for this new petrochemical facility in China. Our Catofin technology continues to demonstrate low cost of production while providing proven reliability and flexibility to our customers.”
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CATOFIN is a registered trademark of Clariant.
Clariant is a globally leading specialty chemicals company, based in Muttenz near Basel/Switzerland. On 31 December 2015 the company employed a total workforce of 17 213. In the financial year 2015, Clariant recorded sales of CHF 5.807 billion for its continuing businesses. The company reports in four business areas: Care Chemicals, Catalysis, Natural Resources, and Plastics & Coatings. Clariant’s corporate strategy is based on five pillars: focus on innovation through R&D, add value with sustainability, reposition portfolio, intensify growth, and increase profitability.
Clariant’s Catalysts business unit is a leading global developer and producer of catalysts for industrial processes. It has been part of the Catalysis business area of the Clariant Group since the acquisition of Süd-Chemie in 2011. Clariant Catalysts is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and has a total of 18 production sites and 11 R&D and technical centers around the world. Approximately 1750 employees serve customers across all regional markets. Aimed at delivering sustainable value to customers, Clariant’s catalysts and adsorbents are designed to increase production throughput, lower energy consumption, and reduce hazardous emissions from industrial processes. The broad portfolio also includes products that enable the use of alternative feedstock for chemical and fuel production.
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