MOSCOW (MRC) -- LyondellBasell announced that Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical Co. (ZPC) will again license LyondellBasell's high-pressure low-density polyethylene (LDPE) technology at its complex in Zhoushan City, Zhejiang Province, China, according to Apic-online.
The Lupotech A and Lupotech T process technologies will be used for a 100,000-t/y autoclave and a 300,000-t/y tubular line, respectively. Both trains will mainly be producing ethylene vinyl acetate copolymers.
Furthermore, an additional 400,000-t/y tubular line producing LDPE homopolymers will be built at the same site. Value of the contract and a schedule for the project were not given.
In 2018, ZPC licensed LyondellBasell's polypropylene (PP), LDPE and high-density PE (HDPE) technologies for five new plants at the complex.
The project included two 450,000-t/y PP units, based on Spherizone process technology; a 300,000-t/y and 400,000-t/y LDPE plant, based on Lupotech T process technology, and a 350,000-t/y HDPE unit, based on Hostalen ACP process technology.
As MRC wrote earlier, in July, 2021, Neste and LyondellBasell announced a long-term commercial agreement under which LyondellBasell will source Neste RE, a feedstock from Neste that has been produced from 100% renewable feedstock from bio-based sources, such as waste and residue oils and fats. This feedstock will be processed through the cracker at LyondellBasell’s Wesseling, Germany, plant into polymers and sold under the CirculenRenew brand name.
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 2,487,450 tonnes in 2021, up by 13% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market totalled 1,494.280 tonnes, up by 21% year on year. Deliveries of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased, whereas shipments of PP random copolymers decreased significantly.
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