UOP licenses 'Oleflex' to BASF Sonatrach's Spain PDH unit

Source: ICIS News


SINGAPORE (CNI)--UOP, US licensor of petrochemicals process technology, has licensed its Oleflex process to BASF Sonatrach PropanChem SA (PropanChem) to produce 350 000 tonne/year of propylene in what will be the world's largest propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant, in Tarragona, Spain, UOP said in a statement received Tuesday.

PropanChem is a joint venture between BASF Espanola SA and Sonatrach Petroleum Investment Co BV, Netherlands, an arm of Algeria's state oil and gas firm Sonatrach.

Propylene production at the Tarragona PDH unit is scheduled to begin in early 2002. Germany's Lurgi, part of Metallgesellschaft AG, has been awarded the lumpsum turnkey contract for engineering, procurement and construction.

While propane feedstock will be supplied by Sonatrach in Algeria, the propylene will be used by BASF subsidiary Targor to feed a new, 225 000 tonne/year polypropylene plant in Tarragona.

UOP's Oleflex technology produces propylene from propane and isobutylene from isobutane. So far, nine Oleflex units have been commissioned since 1990. A tenth unit is scheduled to startup by mid-2000 in Kuantan, in the Malaysian state of Pahang, to produce 300 000 tonne/year of propylene.