20 July 2010 14:54 [Source: ICIS news]
By Anna Jagger
LONDON (ICIS news)--Total Petrochemicals is studying the construction of an integrated methanol-to-olefins (MTO) and polyolefins project with partners, an executive with the France-based company said on Tuesday.
Eric Duchesne, head of research and technology for base chemicals, said Total was implementing feasibility studies for a “multi billion dollar” project based on coal or gas.
The commercial-scale project would have a combined ethylene and propylene production capacity of around 1m tonnes/year, and downstream production would include polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE), Duchesne said.
Earlier this month, Total said it had successfully started up a semi-commercial MTO plant in ?xml:namespace>
“Technology validation is no longer the critical step for a commercial project,” remarked Duchesne, who led the Feluy MTO project. “Now it’s more about conducting feasibility studies before getting a project sanctioned.”
For the commercial project, access to feedstocks will be crucial. “If you want to start from coal or natural gas, it’s important to have a partner,” Duchesne remarked.
Various locations are under consideration, he said, without specifying details.
Total already has a significant petrochemicals presence in the Middle East through its operations in
Total will also produce petrochemicals at its refinery project with Saudi Aramco in Al Jubail,
The $8.5bn project (€6.5bn), which is being implemented by Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Co (Satorp), is expected to produce paraxylene (PX), benzene and polymer-grade propylene.
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