Clariant and CB&I win deal for propane dehydrogenation unit in China


Specialty chemicals manufacturer Clariant has received a contract from Dongguan Grand Resource Science & Technology to develop a new propane dehydrogenation unit in China.

The contract comprises the licence and engineering design of the unit, which will be built in collaboration with Clariant's technology partner CB&I, in Dongguan City at Guangdong Province.

CB&I will design the plant based on its Catofin catalytic dehydrogenation technology that uses Clariant's Catofin catalyst and heat generating material (HGM).

Clariant Business Unit Catalysts senior vice-president and general manager Stefan Heuser said: “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.”

HGM has been designed to increase the selectivity and yield of Catofin units. It is loaded into the catalyst bed with the catalyst where it oxidises during the operating cycle, producing heat that facilitates dehydrogenation reaction.

"The Catofin catalyst and the HGM technology will not only bring our new client significant commercial advantages, but will also help them reduce emissions."

CB&I president and CEO Philip Asherman said: “CB&I is pleased to have been selected by Dongguan Grand Resource to provide the Catofin technology licence 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.”

The Catofin dehydrogenation process is effective in producing isobutylene, propylene or amylenes from isobutene, propane or isopentanes respectively.

The process operates under optimum reactor pressure and temperature to maximise production at lower operating costs.


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