China methanol-to-C3 seen online in 2009/2010

18 October 2007 02:52  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--Two large-scale 500,000 tonne/year methanol-to-propylene (MTP) projects in China should start up in 2009 and 2010, respectively, a top executive of German specialty chemicals and catalyst maker Sud-Chemie said on Wednesday.


Sud-Chemie provides the catalysts for the projects’ MTP process.


The projects – one in Inner Mongolia and the other in Ningxia province - cost about $2bn each and would consume some 5,000 tonnes/day of methanol, Norbert Ringer, Sud-Chemie’s group product manager for methanol and catalytic technologies told delegates at the at the 2007 Methanol Forum in Toronto.


That MTP process, based on Lurgi technology, can use either coal or natural gas as feedstock, he added.


Both projects were commercially competitive with naphtha-based propylene production, Ringer said.


MTP offered huge opportunities in times of high oil and naphtha cost and rising demand for propylene derivative polypropylene, he said. 


“We consider MTP a key technology for the future,” he said, not just in China but also in other regions.


Co-sponsored by Houston-based consultants Jim Jordan & Associates and the Washington, DC-based Methanol Institute (MI), the two-day 2007 Methanol Forum ends on Thursday.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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