Honeywell subsidiary UOP LLC will provide technology for the world’s largest on-purpose propylene production facility, located on the Gulf Coast. Ascend Performance Materials Operations LLC will use UOP’s C(3) Oleflex process technology to convert propane to propylene, a key ingredient in the production of materials such as nylon and those for packaging films.
Petrochemical makers are installing additional propylene capacity to meet growing demand and to make up for the shortage of propylene production from traditional refining and petrochemical sources. The Ascend project is the 14th Oleflex project that UOP has announced since the beginning of 2011, and the company’s seventh Oleflex project in North America since the technology was developed. The combined Oleflex projects announced since 2011 will help increase propylene production by nearly 7 million metric tons globally in the next three years.
“Global propylene demand is growing at about 4 to 5 percent per year. The U.S. is seeing an increase in on-purpose propylene production because of the abundance of low-cost propane from shale gas,” said Pete Piotrowski, senior vice president and general manager of the UOP Process Technology and Equipment business unit.
Ascend will install the Oleflex technology at its Gulf Coast facility to produce more than 1 million metric tons of propylene per year beginning in 2015. In addition to technology licensing, UOP will supply engineering design, catalysts, adsorbents, and selected equipment for the project.
Ascend possesses proprietary technologies for the production of nylon, plastics, and synthetic fibers. The company has global offices and five manufacturing facilities in the U.S.
Since 2011, UOP has announced 13 new Oleflex units across China, Abu Dhabi, and North America, including China’s first combined C(3)/C(4) Oleflex unit and the first two C(4) Oleflex units.
UOP, headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., also supplies catalysts, adsorbents, process plants, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries. It is part of Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies strategic business group. For more, see www.uop.com.