INEOS selects Clariant’s CATOFIN® catalysts for Europe’s largest propane dehydrogenation plant 

  • INEOS to build Europe’s largest propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant by 2023
  • Design based on Clariant’s tailor-made catalysts and Heat Generating Material using McDermott’s Lummus CATOFIN technology
  • Commercially-proven advantages of CATOFIN include higher production yields and greater process reliability at lower costs

Munich, October 17, 2018 – Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, announced today that it was awarded a long-term supply contract by INEOS to supply CATOFIN catalysts and Heat Generating Material (HGM) for a major propane dehydrogenation plant to be constructed in Europe. Scheduled for completion in 2023, the facility is designed to produce 750,000 metric tons of propylene annually, which will make it the largest propane dehydrogenation plant in Europe.

The contract is of particular importance as INEOS is one of the world’s top three chemicals manufacturing companies by sales revenue. For the project, Clariant will collaborate with its process partner, McDermott, which has exclusive licensing rights to Lummus’ CATOFIN technology. Clariant is the sole developer and supplier of tailor-made catalysts and HGM for the CATOFIN process.

Rob Ingram, CEO INEOS Europe Group AG, commented, “We are proud to be constructing the continent’s largest propane dehydrogenation unit. This major project represents our dedication to the European chemicals industry. CATOFIN technology and catalysts were selected based on their excellent resource efficiency and process reliability, which will enable us to realize our sustainable strategy in the coming decades.”

Stefan Heuser, Senior Vice President & General Manager Business Unit Catalysts at Clariant, added, “We are honored to be part of the INEOS chemicals company’s groundbreaking propane dehydrogenation plant, and pleased to collaborate with McDermott. CATOFIN technology, catalysts and HGM are the optimal solution for the increasing global demand for on-purpose propylene production. In this highly competitive market, they provide our customers with excellent financial and performance advantages compared to conventional methods.”

In operation at 17 facilities worldwide, comprising over 8 million tons per year, CATOFIN dehydrogenation technology is a highly reliable method used to produce olefins, such as propylene or isobutylene, from light paraffin feedstocks. The process operates at optimum reactor pressure and temperature to maximize conversion and selectivity of propane to propylene, while reducing investment and operating costs. The robust catalyst complies with the REACH regulation of the European Union, and it is proven to increase the profitability, sustainability and reliability of plant operations.

Clariant’s Heat Generating Material (HGM) enhances the performance advantages of CATOFIN technology and catalysts. As its name implies, the patented metal-oxide material is designed to produce heat and drive the dehydrogenation reaction, thereby further increasing yields and conserving energy, as well as reducing emissions.


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Clariant is a globally leading specialty chemicals company, based in Muttenz near Basel/Switzerland. On 31 December 2017 the company employed a total workforce of 18 135. In the financial year 2017, Clariant recorded sales of CHF 6.377 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 and 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 16 production sites (incl Joint Ventures), 7 sales offices, and 11 R&D and technical centers around the world. Approximately 1 970 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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