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Oriental Energy begins propylene production a two facilities using Honeywell technology

Honeywell announced today that Ningbo Fortune Petrochemical Co. Ltd. and Zhangjiagang Yangzi River Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (YRPC), both subsidiaries of Oriental Energy Co. Ltd., each are producing 600,000 metric tons annually (MTA) of on-purpose propylene from propane with Honeywell UOP’s C3 Oleflex™ process technology.

YRPC, located in Zhangjiagang in China’s Jiangsu Province, and Ningbo Fortune, in Ningbo City in Zhejiang Province, are the fourth and fifth Chinese companies to commercialize Honeywell UOP’s C3 Oleflex process to make propylene for plastics, packaging and synthetic fibers. Global production capacity of propylene from Oleflex technology now stands at approximately 6.8 million MTA.

“The demand for domestically produced on-purpose propylene continues to be very strong in China due to the increasing demand for polypropylene and other downstream chemical and plastic products,” said John Gugel, vice president and general manager of Honeywell UOP’s Process Technology and Equipment business. “Through its integrated supply chain position, Oriental Energy derives exceptional value from Oleflex technology.”

Until recently, 70 percent of the world’s propylene was produced as a byproduct of making ethylene from petroleum. However, the increased use of ethane as a source of ethylene produces almost no propylene. The resulting propylene supply gap has necessitated the production of on-purpose propylene from propane dehydrogenation technologies such as the Oleflex process.
Demand for propylene in China, which consumes more than 15 percent of the world’s propylene, is growing more than 4 percent per year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Sponsor : Honeywell UOP

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