Chinese chemical firm licenses Honeywell methanol-to-olefins technology


US-based Honeywell subsidiary UOP LLC will license its methanol-to-olefins (MTO) technology to China-based Shandong Yangmei Hengtong Chemicals as part of a contract.

"UOP will also provide basic engineering, catalysts, adsorbents, specialty equipment, technical services and training for the facility."

The MTO technology, which integrates Honeywell's UOP / Hydro MTO process and the Total Petrochemicals / UOP Olefin Cracking process, will convert methanol from gasified coal into ethylene and propylene, building block materials used in the production of films, packaging and petrochemicals.

Jointly developed by UOP and INEOS (formerly Hydro), the technology is expected to help Shandong Yangmei Hengtong Chemicals to tap low-cost, abundant coal feedstocks to produce petrochemicals, cut costs and meet market demands.

Honeywell's UOP Process Technology and Equipment business unit senior vice president and general manager Pete Piotrowski said UOP's MTO solution allows petrochemical producer Shandong to tap abundant and cheap coal resources, produce high yields of valuable petrochemicals and reduce operating costs.

"This technology will help Shandong meet growing demand in China for ethylene and propylene," Piotrowski added.

The MTO solution will help Shandong to manufacture more than 295,000mtpa of ethylene and propylene at its Tancheng plant, which is likely to go on-stream in 2014.

UOP will also provide basic engineering, catalysts, adsorbents, specialty equipment, technical services and training for the facility.

Shandong will also employ the olefin cracking process, which improves the yield of useable ethylene and propylene by further converting olefins produced during the MTO process, according to Honeywell.

Earlier China's Wison (Nanjing) Clean Energy Company licensed UOP's advanced MTO solution, while Jiutai Energy (Zhungeer) licensed UOP / Hydro MTO technology.