Honeywell Technology Selected for Largest Petrochemicals Project in China
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Honeywell Technology Selected for Largest Petrochemicals Project in China

Honeywell announced that Zhejiang Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (ZPC) will use a range of process technology from Honeywell UOP for the second phase of an integrated refining and petrochemical complex in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province. In the first phase of the project announced in 2017, ZPC selected Honeywell UOP technologies for hydroprocessing and heavy oil upgrading, and to make aromatics for plastic resins, films and fibers that are the basis for millions of products. For this second phase of the project, Honeywell UOP will supply a wide range of technology licenses, engineering design, key equipment, and state-of-the-art catalysts and adsorbents, more than doubling the plant’s aromatics capacity.

“This second phase of the complex by itself will process 20 million tons per year of crude oil and produce another six million tons per year of aromatics when completed,” said Bryan Glover, vice president and general manager, Process Technology and Equipment, at Honeywell UOP. “It will be the largest crude-to-chemicals complex in the world, with more than 50% of the crude converting to petrochemicals.” The second phase of the project will include: 1) A two-train LD Parex™ aromatics complex — including the UOP Sulfolane™, Isomar™ and Tatoray™ processes — for the production of 4.8 million metric tons per year of paraxylene, a primary ingredient in plastics; 2) A refining section with three Honeywell UOP Unicracking™ process units to convert vacuum gas oil and distillate into petrochemical feedstock; and 3) Two Continuous Catalyst Regeneration (CCR) Platforming™ units to produce aromatics and blend stocks for making high-octane fuels, and a reverse Butamer™ unit to produce normal butane. Source: Honeywell UOP, 1/17/2019.

TCGR Note: The trend towards larger integrated oil-to-chemicals (OtC) projects is well highlighted in this ZPC project, with more than 50% of the crude converting to petrochemicals. Of interest is the chosen configuration and contribution of units. For more information see TCGR’s “Oil-to-Chemicals: Technological Approaches and Advanced Process Configurations” produced in December 2017 and it’s new report “Oil-to-Chemicals II: New Approaches from Resid and VGOsnow underway.