Clariant/Lummus awarded contract for Catofin plant in China


Clariant, a Swiss specialty chemical company, has announced that it has been awarded a contract to supply Catofin catalysts for Qingyang Tongxin Petroleum Technology’s first-ever paraffin dehydrogenation plant.

The unit will be based in Qingyang City, Gansu Province, China, and designed to process 300 kilotonnes/year of combined propane and isobutane from liquefied petroleum gas feedstock to produce chemicals and refined products. For the project, Clariant will be collaborating with its long-standing process partner, Lummus Technology.

The Catofin process combines Lummus’s advanced PDH technology with Clariant’s tailor-made catalysts and Heat Generating Material (HGM) to convert liquefied petroleum gas to on-purpose olefins with unsurpassed reliability. The process has a proven track record of increasing productivity, often beyond design capacity (up to 110% on average), giving producers a significantly higher return on investments, and enabling more profitable daily operations.

The Qingyang Tongxin project marks the 40th plant since 2017 to employ Catofin technology and catalysts for paraffin dehydrogenation.