31 March 1997 00:00 [Source: ACN]
UOP and Nippon Steel Chemical are to jointly license PS technology. The technology developed by Nippon Steel is for general-purpose PS, high-impact PS and styrene acrylonitrile resins. The deal is to be signed in early April.
UOP also announced new technologies, including an improved propane-dehydrogenation process. UOP is looking at three projects for this process - one by TriPolyta, one by Taekwang Industries, and one in Thailand.
Other technologies include: the PX-Plus process for paraxylene expansions; a new linear alpha olefins process; the MX-Sorbex process to recover metaxylene from mixed-xylenes feedstock; the Pacol TCR process to boost per-pass conversion; the Cepsa/UOP Detal process for linear alkyl benzene; the I-210 xylene isomerisation catalyst; and the UOP/Hydro methanol-to-olefins process.
UOP is looking at projects in Saudi Arabia, the US and China for the last process. The company said it prefers to work with plants which already have captive 50-500 000 tonne/year methanol production.
UOP's technology is to be used by the proposed 72 000 tonne/year ldPE plant of China National Petroleum and Gas Corp in Xinjiang, China. The plant will start up in late 1999. UOP partly financed the project.
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