MOSCOW (MRC) -- Technip Energies provided the technology licensing and process design to SP Olefins (Taixing) Co. Ltd., for China’s first gas-cracking ethylene plant in Taixing, Jiangsu Province, China, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.
The 780,000 tpy plant successfully started up in August 2019, reaching on-spec olefins shortly thereafter. Earlier this year, the plant passed all performance guarantees, and the final acceptance certificate was recently issued, which was delayed due to COVID-19.
The Taixing plant is not only the first gas-cracking ethylene plant in China, but also the first plant to use imported US ethane as feedstock.
In addition to the ethylene cracker technology, Technip Energies provided key proprietary technology designs including Ripple Trays. Technip Energies’ Ultra Selective Conversion (USC) W-coil ethylene furnace technology combines high energy efficiency and high yields, resulting in CO2 emissions reduction. It ranks in the first quartile of comparable crackers for lowest CO2 production per ton of high value chemical production.
As MRC informed before, earlier this month, Technip Energies was awarded a substantial Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract in consortium with TARGET Engineering by Abu Dhabi Polymers co. Ltd. (Borouge), a joint-venture between ADNOC and Borealis, for the construction of a new ethane cracker init, to be integrated in the Borouge 4 petrochemical complex in Ruwais, UAE.
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 2,047,100 tonnes in the first ten months of 2021, up by 17% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 1,226,530 tonnes in January-October 2021, up by 26% year on year. Supply of propylene homopolymers (homopolymer PP) and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of injection moulding stat-copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) decreased significantly.