MOSCOW (MRC) -- Badger Licensing, a 50-50 joint venture between ExxonMobil and Technip, has been selected by Lihuayi Weiyuan Chemical to provide its proprietary technology for a 120,000 tpy grassroots bisphenol-A (BPA) plant being built in Lijin, Shandong Province, People’s Republic of China, as per Hydrocarbonprocessing.
The award includes technology license, process design, and start-up services.
The new BPA plant is under construction and is scheduled for mechanical completion and start up in 2015. Lihuayi operates a cumene plant using Badger technology at the same site.
BPA is a precursor to the production of epoxy resins and polycarbonate (PC). Nearly 1.7 million metric tons of BPA capacity has been licensed by Badger and its predecessor companies since the technology was first offered for license in 2001.
Badger is a 50-50 joint venture between ExxonMobil and Technip.
We remind that, as MRC wrote previously, on 22 December 2014, Taiwan prosperity Chemical Corp (TPCC) shut down its BPA plant in Taiwan for maintenance turnaround. It is likely to remain off-stream for around one month. Located in Linyuan, Taiwan, the plant has a production capacity of 100,000 mt/year.
Besides, South Korean petrochemical company LG Chem restarted its BPA plant in South Korea after a maintenance turnaround in late November 2014. It was shut on October 26, 2014. Located in Yeosu, South Korea, the plant has a production capacity of 150,000 mt/year.
BPA is a type of engineering plastic for use in automobiles, mobile phones, and electronics appliances.