MOSCOW (MRC) -- Technip Energies and SIBUR Holding Public Joint Stock Company (SIBUR) have announced that the companies have signed a collaboration agreement to license a dedicated technology for the production of hexene-1 from ethylene, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.
Hexene-1 is a comonomer of choice in the production of high-value specialty resins. The incorporation of hexene-1 allows for better end-product properties and contributes to a lower use of carbon for equivalent performance. This novel technology, operating at low pressure and temperatures, has been developed by SIBUR and will be licensed by Technip Energies.
Stan Knez, Chief Technology Officer, Technip Energies, stated, “We are very proud to promote this technology, which is simple and reliable. This specially developed technology delivers a high-quality product that may be dropped into existing polyethylene production facilities. SIBUR’s HEXSIB technology provides gains in carbon efficiency and opens up possibilities for bio-sourced plastics production from renewable carbon.”
As MRC reported earlier, in October 2021, Russian petrochemical companies Sibur International and TAIF Group finalised a deal to merge and create the largest petrochemical company in the country and one of the biggest in the world.
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 2,265,290 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2021, up by 14% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 1,363,850 tonnes in January-November, 2021, up by 25% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of injection moulding PP random copolymers decreased significantly.
Daria Borisova, SIBUR Management Team Member, Managing Director of Development and Innovations, said, “The agreement with Technip Energies strengthens the engineering platform of SIBUR's technology and gives us the opportunity to promote it through Technip Energies’ partner network. SIBUR is currently selecting a site within the group's range of facilities for production of hexene-1 with the HEXSIB technology to satisfy its own and the market’s needs as the company expands its portfolio of high-value grades and share of comonomers."
SIBUR is the largest vertically integrated gas processing and petrochemical company in Russia, uniting a number of production sites in various regions of the Russian Federation. The company sells products to consumers in the fuel and energy complex, automotive, construction, consumer goods, chemical and other industries in more than 80 countries around the world.