MOSCOW (MRC) -- CNOOC Huizhou Petrochemical Company Limited (CHPCL) has selected Axens’ ParamaX® Technology Suite for its petrochemical complex expansion in Daya Bay, China, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.
The project aims at increasing CHPCL’s high-purity aromatics production capacity to 3,000,000 tons per year. The new aromatics complex will produce 1,500,000 tons per year of para-Xylene in a single train.
Axens offered its second generation of the energy-efficient ParamaX® Suite of technologies for the cost-effective production of para-Xylene, benzene and mixed xylenes from aromatic-rich reformate and pyrolysis gasoline.
The ParamaX® Suite includes the following solutions: o Arofining™ selective olefin removal technology, originally developed by Axens, o Eluxyl® 1.15 para-Xylene purification technology, originally developed by Axens, o XyMaxSM-2, C8 aromatics isomerization technology, originally developed by ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing, o TransPlusSM-5, aromatics transalkylation technology, originally developed by ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing.
Axens’ second generation of the energy-efficient ParamaX® Suite provides superior aromatics yields while greatly reducing the plant’s energy consumption and enabling to manage investments for costadvantaged aromatics production.
Since 2009, CHPCL has been satisfactorily operating an Axens’ ParamaX complex with a production rate exceeding 1,300,000 tons of pure aromatics per year.
Axens’ Process Licensing Global Business Unit Executive Vice-President Patrick Sarrazin said, “This brand-new, state-of-the-art aromatics complex will allow CHPCL to further improve its resilience and competitiveness while producing highly valuable aromatics products.”
Axens will also supply catalysts, adsorbents, equipment and a full-service offer from plant personnel training to successful plant start-up, followed by plant performance monitoring services.
The ParamaX® Technology Suite is a combination of top-of-the-line processes aimed at the production of high-purity para-Xylene and other aromatic molecules such as meta-Xylene, ortho-Xylene, Benzene and Toluene.
To date, Axens has licensed more than 30 ParamaX® aromatics complexes and more than 400 process units aimed at aromatics production or transformation.
As MRC informed earlier, CNOOC Limited reported that its first-quarter oil and gas sales revenue reached around 39.95 billion Chinese yuan, down 5.5 percent from last year, mainly due to the lower realised oil and gas price, despite increased oil and gas sales volume. First-quarter total net production was 131.5 million barrels of oil equivalent or BOE, an increase of 9.5 percent from the prior year. Production from China increased 9.7 percent from last year to 87.1 million BOE. Overseas production grew 9 percent to 44.5 million BOE.
Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 383,760 tonnes in the first two month of 2020, up by 14% year on year. High density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) shipments increased due to the increased capacity utilisation at ZapSibNeftekhim. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 192,760 tonnes in January-February 2020, down by 6% year on year. Homopolymer PP accounted for the main decrease in imports.