LyondellBasell, the world’s largest licensor of polyolefin technologies, says that Advanced Global Investment Company (AGIC) has selected LyondellBasell’s polypropylene technology for a new world scale facility.
The process technologies will be used in AGIC’s polyolefin production assets in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia.
The facility includes a 400 kilotonne/year PP plant using LyondellBasell’s Spheripol technology as well as a 400-kilotonne/year PP plant using LyondellBasell’s Spherizone technology.
“We are thrilled about AGIC’s decision to use LyondellBasell’s polypropylene technology on this site. This clearly demonstrates the need of operators to invest in benchmark process technologies to ensure polypropylene product leadership over the lifecycle of the facility,” said Jim Seward, senior vice president of research and development, technology and sustainability at LyondellBasell. Seward added: “The simplicity and robustness of the Spheripol process and the ability to produce outstanding polymer grades on a benchmark cost basis with the Spherizone technology is highly appreciated by our customers.”
The Spheripol technology is the leading polypropylene process with more than 125 lines licensed over time. The latest fifth generation Spheripol technology includes process improvements that further maximise operational efficiency.
The Spherizone multi-zone circulating reactor (MZCR) process provides a unique and innovative platform to manufacture polypropylene products with novel architecture and enhanced product properties. With this award, almost 8 million tonnes has been licensed globally.
Both plants will commence operations using LyondellBasell’s Avant ZN catalyst.
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