Honeywell’s UOP announced the third technology license for its breakthrough methanol-to-olefins (MTO) technology, which converts methanol from coal into key plastics building blocks.
China’s Shandong Yangmei Hengtong Chemicals Co. Ltd. will use Honeywell UOP’s advanced MTO process, which combines Honeywell’s UOP/Hydro MTO process and the Total Petrochemicals/UOP Olefin Cracking process to convert methanol from gasified coal into ethylene and propylene, building block materials used in the production of films, packaging, plastics and other petrochemicals.
China is the world’s largest producer of coal, accounting for nearly half of global production, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, making it an attractive alternative feedstock for in-country production of plastics building blocks.
“UOP’s advanced MTO solution allows petrochemical producers in China such as Shandong to tap abundant and cheap coal resources, produce high yields of valuable petrochemicals, and reduce operating costs,” said Pete Piotrowski, senior vice president and general manager of Honeywell’s UOP Process Technology & Equipment business unit. “This technology will help Shandong meet growing demand in China for ethylene and propylene.”
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