UOP LLC, a Honeywell company located in Des Plaines, Ill., has been selected to provide conversion technology for reportedly the world’s largest on-purpose propylene production facility, located on the Gulf Coast.
Ascend Performance Materials Operations LLC, Houston, will use Honeywell’s UOP C3 Oleflex process technology to convert propane to propylene, an ingredient in the production of materials such as nylon, films and packaging. The C3 Oleflex process employs propane dehydrogenation (PDH) to convert propane to propylene.
The project is the 14th that Honeywell’s UOP has announced since the beginning of 2011 and the company’s seventh Oleflex project in North America since the technology was developed. The combined Oleflex projects announced since 2011 will help increase propylene production by nearly seven million metric tons globally in the next three years, according to the company. Petrochemical makers are installing additional propylene capacity to meet increasing demand and make up for shortages in propylene production from traditional refining and petrochemical sources.
According to UOP LLC, Ascend will install the Oleflex technology to produce more than one million metric tons of propylene per year, beginning in 2015. In addition to technology licensing, UOP will supply engineering design, catalysts, adsorbents and selected equipment for the project.