Shell Chemicals, Qatar Petroleum license Mitsubishi oxo alcohol technology
Shell Chemicals and Qatar Petroleum have licensed Mitsubishi Chemical's (MCC) oxo alcohols production technology for their oxo derivative unit at the Al-Karaana Petrochemicals complex in Ras Laffan Industrial City (RLIC) in Qatar.
The Oxo T-process is expected to help the oxo derivative unit, with an annual capacity of 250,000 tonnes, to achieve stable production of first-class quality products.
Scheduled to use feedstock derived from natural gas, the petrochemicals complex will also consist of a steam cracker, mono-ethylene glycol and linear alpha olefins plants.
Shell Chemicals and Qatar Petroleum have completed the selection of key technologies for the derivative processes and are likely to grant the front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract in 2013, according to MCC.
MCC, which has been operating its own oxo unit with the Oxo T-process for more than twenty years at the Mizushima plant in Japan, has also licensed the technology to the companies in China, Indonesia and South Africa. Mitsubishi Chemical Engineering is the sub licensor of the oxo technology.
MCC's other petrochemical production technologies include acrylic acid and its esters, poly tetramethylene ether glycol (PTMG), maleic anhydride, bisphenol-A (BPA) and purified terephthalic acid (PTA).