MOSCOW (MRC) -- W. R. Grace & Co., the leading independent supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and polypropylene (PP) process technology, has licensed its UNIPOL PP Process Technology to PetroChina Guangdong Petrochemical Company Limited, as per Hydrocarbonprocessing.
Located in Jieyang, Guangdong province, China, the new facility is slated to be completed in 2023 and will produce 500 KTA of polypropylene. This will be the largest single-line UNIPOL PP unit in China and will produce homopolymer, random copolymer, and impact copolymer resins.
Grace's all gas-phase UNIPOL PP Process Technology provides the broadest range of homopolymers, random copolymers, and impact copolymers in the industry. This process technology, without any moving parts inside of the reactor and requiring less equipment than any alternative, is a reliable, safe, and stable operation which leads to lower capital, operating, and maintenance costs.
PetroChina’s decision to choose the UNIPOL PP technology was based on the ease of operation, the low-cost investment, the mature technology, and Grace’s catalysts portfolio. The UNIPOL PP process technology also will provide an efficient way to produce a broad range of products and deliver significant value to customers throughout China.
Laura Schwinn, President of Grace’s Specialty Catalysts business, said, “This is the fourth UNIPOL PP line licensed by the PetroChina Company Ltd. and we are excited to be the technology choice once again for their subsidiary in Guangdongprovince. The UNIPOL® PP Process Technology coupled with Grace’s 6th generation non-phthalate CONSISTA catalysts and leading technical support will enable PetroChina Guangdong to meet the complex needs of their customers.”
As MRC wrote before, in April 2019, LyondellBasell (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) announced that PetroChina will use the LyondellBasell Hostalen "Advanced Cascade Process" (Hostalen ACP) technology to produce 1,100,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) capacity.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estmated PP consumption was 796,120 tonnes in January-July 2019, up by 11% year on year. Shipments of PP block copolymer and homopolymer PP increased.
PetroChina Company Limited, is a Chinese oil and gas company and is the listed arm of state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation, headquartered in Dongcheng District, Beijing. It is China's biggest oil producer.