Univation to license Unipol to PetroChina

24 May 2004 00:01  [Source: ICB]

US technology company, Univation, has signed licence agreements with PetroChina for its Unipol polyethylene technology. Two new swing linear low density/high density (lldPE/hdPE) plants will be built in Lanzhou and Daqing in China.

Each plant will have a nominal capacity of over 200 000 tonne/year and are scheduled to go onstream in mid-2006. The Lanzhou facility is licensed to manufacture metallocene PE, a first for China.

‘Metallocene is beginning to take off in China’, said Peter Ferenz, Univation’s regional commercial director in China. ‘The PE market is growing at about 7-8%/year in China and metallocene growth could reach 20%/year or higher, although it is starting from a relatively small base,’ he explained.

Ferenz said Univation is currently competing for several PE projects in China. Its last award in the country was an expansion for PetroChina affiliate Jilin which doubled capacity last year. The last new Unipol licence won in China was in 2000 from Yangzi Petrochemical for a 200 000 tonne/year lldPE/hdPE plant in Nanjing which started up in 2002.

Meanwhile, PetroChina has chosen technology from Stone & Webster for the revamp of its ethylene cracker at Daqing. Capacity at the plant will nearly double from 480 000 tonne/year to 800 000 tonne/year when the project is completed within the next two years.

Stone & Webster will supply process and basic design services as well as technical liaison during all phases of the project. The revamp will use the contractor’s proprietary heat integrated rectifier system and ripple tray system technologies in addition to upgrading the processing scheme. Stone & Webster designed the original plant 20 years ago.

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