China-headquartered Zhejiang Petrochemical Co Ltd (ZPC) will use a range of process technology from Honeywell UOP, a global leading licensor of refining and petrochemical process technology headquartered in the US, for the second phase of an integrated refining and petrochemical complex in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province. The complex is one of several new large industrial sites that are part of China’s current national economic development plan.
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 the second phase , 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.
According to Bryan Glover, Vice President and General Manager, Process Technology and Equipment, at Honeywell UOP, the second phase of the complex by itself will process 20 million tonnes/year of crude oil and produce another 6 million tonnes/ year of aromatics when completed. It will be the largest crude-to-chemicals complex in the world, with more than 50% percent of the crude converting to petrochemicals. It is also expected to usher China into achieving self-sufficiency in paraxylene while serving as a major new source of propylene, jet fuel and more.