Jiutai selects Honeywell's MTO technology for methanol conversion


China-based Jiutai Energy (Zhungeer) has licensed Honeywell's UOP methanol-to-olefins (MTO) technology to convert methanol from coal into key plastics building blocks.

"The MTO process, jointly developed by UOP and INEOS, is expected to help countries such as China to produce petrochemicals."

The technology converts methanol from gasified coal or natural gas to generate ethylene and propylene, which are building block materials used for the production of films, packaging, plastics and other petrochemicals.

The MTO process, jointly developed by UOP and INEOS, is expected to help countries such as China to produce petrochemicals from coal resources.

Pete Piotrowski, Honeywell UOP Process Technology and Equipment business unit senior vice president and general manager, said UOP's MTO process will allow Jiutai to use methanol derived from coal to increase petrochemicals production.

"This project is another milestone for MTO technology and another example of how this technology can tap cheaper feedstocks, such as coal and natural gas, to meet the growing global demand for petrochemical products," Piotrowski added.

Scheduled to be operational by 2014, the plastics building blocks project is expected to receive basic engineering, catalysts, adsorbents, specialty equipment, technical services and training from UOP.

Jiutai Energy, a fully-owned subsidiary of the Jiutai Energy Group, produces 600,000mtpy of ethylene and propylene at its facility in the city of Ordos, Inner Mongolia province, China.

US-based UOP, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Honeywell International, supplies process technology.