Honeywell UOP to tackle propylene shortage in Europe

Publish Date: 2015-09-12 13:52:26

Honeywell UOP to tackle propylene shortage in Europe

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company announced today that its C3 Oleflex™ process technology will be used by Poland's Grupa Azoty to produce propylene. The propylene will be used to make resins and plastics that replace metal automobile parts, decreasing automobile weight and improving fuel efficiency.

The facility will produce 400,000 metric tons annually of high-quality propylene, enough to support the production of nearly 11 million cars per year. The new unit in Police, in the Szczecin region of Poland, is slated to come online in 2019.

Propylene is a byproduct of certain refining processes. Many of those process units are closing in Europe or are being converted to other processes that produce less propylene byproduct. The resulting propylene shortage has sparked investment in technology to create on-purpose propylene from propane, which is either derived from natural gas or produced from petroleum refining.

Grupa Azoty, one of Europe's largest chemical companies, offers a diversified product portfolio, ranging from mineral fertilizers and engineering plastics to oxo-alcohols and pigments. "This new propylene production unit will be the largest project in our company's history and it will make a significant impact on the European petrochemical market. We chose Honeywell UOP Oleflex technology due to its economics, reliability and product quality, as well as the company's decades of experience with propylene projects worldwide," said Krzysztof Jalosinski, president of Grupa Azoty's subsidiary in Police and vice-president of the Management Board of Grupa Azoty.

In addition to technology licensing, Honeywell UOP and local affiliates will provide engineering design, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, staff training and technical service for the project.

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