Shenhua Ningxia uses Novolen's tech for PP unit

24 October 2006 03:30  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group has selected Novolen’s technology for a proposed polypropylene (PP) plant, part of its coal-to-chemical project in northwest China, the licensor said late on Monday.

Novolen Technology Holdings said in a statement that it will also provide process design package and basic engineering services for the 500,000 tonnes/year PP project at Yinchuan, Ningxia province.

The project, scheduled to be completed in 2008, will produce homopolymers, impact- and random copolymers, it added.

Novolen’s technology will be used to produce 5m tonnes of PP in China in the near future, Godofredo Follmer, vice president of the company’s technology division said.

Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group, a joint venture between the Ningxia government and Chinese coal major Shenhua Group, is to build units by end-2008 to produce 1.82m tonnes/year of methanol from coal and 520,000 tonnes/year of propylene from a proposed methanol-to-propylene (MTP) unit.

Lurgi is to provide technology for the proposed MTP unit, while coal gasifiers based on technology from Sustec GSP China will also be built.

Shenhua Ningxia is part of the Shenhua Group, China’s largest coal producer. Novolen is a joint venture between Swiss power and automation firm ABB and US-based chemicals company Equistar.

By: Jeanne Lim
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