MOSCOW (MRC) -- Following the successful start-up of the 1.1 MTA FLEXICOKING unit at the end of 2019, Hengyi Industries has selected FLEXICOKING for a second time to upgrade the heavy feeds of its 16-MTA capacity for the New Crude to Aromatics Phase II expansion project, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.
Since the Alliance Agreement signed between ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing (EMCL) and Axens to provide FLEXICOKING technology in January 2020, it has been a great success as can be seen in the new license granted to Hengyi Industries' integrated complex in Pulau Muara Besar, Brunei.
The FLEXICOKING unit will upgrade the 2.1 MTA blend of Vacuum Residue, FCC Slurry Oil and Steam Cracker PyOil into valuable distillates and Flexigas. Start-up of the unit is foreseen in June 2024.
Since the Alliance took effect, the Process Design Package developed for the first time by Axens was delivered as per schedule in early May 2021, proof of Axens’ robust process engineering capability and flexibility to handover new technologies.
As MRC informed before, in February, 2021, Hengyi Industries selected Univation's Unipol polyethylene (PE) process for a new world-scale PE plant that will be built at Hengyi's site in Palau Maura Besar, Brunei. The 600,000-t/y PE unit will be integrated into a larger refinery and petrochemicals project, which includes a 280,000-b/d refinery and downstream production of ethylene, benzene, paraxylene, ethylene glycol, purified terephthalic acid, polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 576,270 tonnes in the first three month of 2021, up by 4% year on year. Low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) shipments increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market totalled 410,890 tonnes in January-March 2021, up by 56% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased.