US KBR licenses catalytic olefin cracking process for third plant

06 November 2009 21:33  [Source: ICIS news]

MEXICO CITY (ICIS news)--US engineering group KBR has licensed its Superflex catalytic olefin cracking technology to a third company, a company official said on Friday.

Javier Vazquez, an advanced process automation engineer with KBR, declined to name the licensee or disclose details of the project ahead of an official announcement.

This would be the world’s third project based on Superflex technology, which converts C4-C8 olefinic streams into a propylene-rich stream. The technology is based on LyondellBasell’s developments and patents.

South Africa’s Sasol started up the first Superflex-based plant in 2006, with a propylene capacity of 250,000 tonnes/year.

Jilin Chemical (Jihua) is developing the world’s second Superflex project, with 200,000 tonne/year propylene capacity, in Jilin, China. Vasquez said KBR has completed the basic engineering, but he said he was unable to provide information about the timing of the project’s next phase.

Vazquez was speaking at the 2009 Petrochemical Seminar, organised by US-based Polyolefins Consulting. The one-day event was held ahead of the Latin American Petrochemical Association’s (APLA) annual meeting, which begins on Saturday.

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By: Anna Jagger
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