China's Jilin Connell Chemical Industry Co. Ltd. has selected Honeywell UOP’s advanced methanol-to-olefins (MTO) process to tap domestic coal resources and produce ethylene and propylene, the essential ingredients for making plastics.

Jilin Connell’s plant, which is scheduled for completion in 2017, will convert domestic sources of methanol into 300 kmta of ethylene and propylene. The facility’s offtake will be supplied to ethylene oxide and propylene oxide manufacturers operating in the same industrial park.

Ethylene and propylene are two widely used components to make plastics. These components have traditionally been derived from crude oil, but the Honeywell’s MTO process allows for the use of other more economical feedstocks such as coal and natural gas. Jilin Connell is the ninth company to license the Honeywell UOP technology.