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YKCC Utilizes LP OxoSM Technology for Production of Butyl Acetate in China

Published on 2011-02-14. Author : SpecialChem

MIDLAND, MICHIGAN, USA, LONDON, England and SHANDONG, China -- Davy Process Technology Limited (DPT), a Johnson Matthey company, and The Dow Chemical Company's (Dow) Oxygenated Solvents business, announced that YanKuang Cathay Acetyl Chemical Company (YKCC) in Shandong, China, has selected LP OxoSM SELECTORSM 10 Technology for its new facility in Mushi Town, Tengzhou City, Shandong Province, People's Republic of China. YKCC is currently building butyl acetate capacity, and is now driven to become vertically integrated from butyl acetate back to primary raw materials, in this case coal. With this license, YKCC will build a new 150 kta butanols plant with capacity of 136 kta of normal butanol, most of which will be used for the internal production of butyl acetate. This is the twelfth LP OxoSM license to be granted in China.

"We are pleased to add YKCC to our expanding family of LP Oxo Technology licensees in China, and we are confident that YKCC's drive will enable them to move quickly toward start-up and a very successful long-term operation," stated Bruce Lipsitt, LP Oxo Licensing Business Director.

Following the signing of the contract, Dr David Tomlinson, President of DPT said, "We are honored YKCC has decided to proceed with their Butanol project utilizing the LP OxoSM SELECTORSM 10 Technology. This will be the 44th project utilizing LP OxoSM Process Technology and we look forward to working with YKCC throughout the plant design process, start-up and operation."

Other recent successful LP OxoSM SELECTORSM Technology start-ups in Asia include:

  • Tianjin Soda Plant and Lihuayi Group (China) - Tianjin Soda and Lihuayi Group both selected LP OxoSM SELECTORSM Technology for new 250 kta facilities each to produce 140 kta 2-ethyl hexanol, 85 kta normal butanol and 24.4 kta iso-butanol, both of which came on-stream in 2010.
  • Andhra Petrochemicals Limited (India) - Andhra Petrochemical Limited's LP Oxo facility is the only producer of oxo-alcohols in India. The company elected to retrofit and expand their existing LP OxoSM plant to use SELECTOR 30 Technology to produce up to 73 kta of 2-ethylhexanol, n-butanol and isobutanol, and restarted this expanded facility in 2010.
  • NanYa Plastics (Taiwan) - LP OxoSM SELECTORSM 30 Technology using the NORMAX™ Catalyst was selected by NanYa Plastics, a subsidiary of Formosa Plastics Group in Taiwan, to retrofit and expand its existing LP Oxo SELECTOR 10 facility, increasing production capacity of 2-ethylhexanol (2EH) to 200,000 metric tons per year.

The SELECTOR 30 Technology enabled an increase in the normal-to-iso-butyraldehyde selectivity ratio to more than 30:1, which reduced propylene usage to 2EH by over 6 percent. This expanded facility also came on stream in 2010.

About LP OxoSM SELECTORSM Technology

LP OxoSM SELECTORSM Technology is a low-pressure hydroformylation process that is most commonly used with propylene and synthesis gas (a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide) to produce normal- and isobutyraldehydes. These butyraldehydes are then converted into 2-ethylhexanol (2EH) and normal- and isobutanol. For nearly 40 years, Davy and Dow have co-marketed and delivered LP Oxo Technology licenses and services. To date, 44 projects at 32 plants have been implemented in 15 countries, on four continents. LP Oxo Technology is recognized as the world's leading licensed Oxo technology, contributing to more than 85 percent of the world's licensed propylene based Oxo capacity.

About Davy Process Technology

Davy Process Technology, a Johnson Matthey company, has a global business in petrochemicals technology development and technology licensing. The company has its headquarters in London, and has a Technology Centre in Stockton-on-Tees. It owns a range of proprietary process technologies such as methanol, Fischer Tropsch, SNG, butanediol, natural detergent alcohols, Oxo alcohols, PTA, industrial amines, ethyl acetate and propylene glycol.

About Dow

Dow combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2010, Dow had annual sales of $53.7 billion and employed approximately 50,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

About YanKuang Cathay Acetyl Chemical Company, Ltd. (YKCC)

YanKuang Cathay Acetyl Chemicals Co., Ltd. (YKCC) is a part of the YanKuang Group, one of China's largest state-owned coal mining companies, and includes subsidiary companies in the coal chemicals field. YKCC's business covers the production of methanol from coal, as well as other downstream chemicals including acetic acid, ethyl acetate, butyl acetate and 80MW power by IGCC.

Source: Davy Process Technology

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