SIDPEC chooses Honey­well propy­lene tech­nol­ogy for new com­plex in Egypt

Chemical Industry Digest - - News & Views -

Honey­well an­nounced that Sidi Kerir Petro­chem­i­cals Co. (SIDPEC) has cho­sen Honey­well UOP’s C3 Ole­flex™ tech­nol­ogy to pro­duce 500,000 met­ric tons per year of on-pur­pose propy­lene at SIDPEC’s re­fin­ery in Amerya, Egypt.

Honey­well will also pro­vide the process de­sign pack­age, pro­pri­etary and non-pro­pri­etary equip­ment, on-site op­er­a­tor train­ing, tech­ni­cal ser­vices for startup and con­tin­u­ing op­er­a­tion, and cat­a­lysts and ad­sor­bents for the project. In­clud­ing this project, Honey­well UOP’s Ole­flex tech­nol­ogy has been se­lected for 52 out of 64 propane and isobu­tane de­hy­dro­gena­tion pro­jects glob­ally since 2011. When com­pleted, the SIDPEC unit will be the first Ole­flex unit op­er­at­ing in Egypt.

Ac­cord­ing to IHS Markit, an­nual de­mand for polypropy­lene in Africa was 1.9 mil­lion met­ric tons in 2016. But due to rapid pop­u­la­tion growth and ur­ban­iza­tion, this de­mand is ex­pected to rise by an ad­di­tional 1 mil­lion met­ric tons in the next decade. Egypt is the top con­sumer of polypropy­lene in Africa, con­sum­ing about 4.4 kg per capita, and de­mand there is pro­jected to grow by more than 5 per­cent an­nu­ally through 2022.

Honey­well UOP’s C3 Ole­flex tech­nol­ogy uses cat­alytic de­hy­dro­gena­tion to con­vert propane to propy­lene and is de­signed to have a lower cash cost of pro­duc­tion and higher re­turn on in­vest­ment among com­pet­ing tech­nolo­gies. Its low en­ergy con­sump­tion, low emis­sions and fully re­cy­clable, plat­inum-alu­mina-based cat­a­lyst sys­tem min­i­mizes its im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment. The in­de­pen­dent re­ac­tion and re­gen­er­a­tion sec­tions en­able steady-state op­er­a­tions, im­proved op­er­at­ing flex­i­bil­ity, and a high on-stream fac­tor and re­li­a­bil­ity.

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