Total Starts Methanol-to-Olefins Demonstration Project

Total Petrochemicals said it has started its Methanol-to-Olefins (MTO) demonstration project in the company's research centre in Feluy, Belgium.

The project produces polyolefins based on methanol from alternative feedstock such as coal, natural gas or biomass.

The €45m ($56.6m) MTO demonstration plant, the Total Group's second largest research project in France, combines an Olefin Cracking Process (OCP) that is included in the MTO technology.

The OCP technology, developed by UOP and Total, uses a catalytic process to convert the heavy olefins into additional ethylene and propylene.

The MTO process, developed by Honeywell's UOP and Hydro, converts methanol into ethylene, propylene and heavy olefins.

The combined effluents are fractionated and purified into polymer-grade ethylene and propylene are then converted into polyolefins.