China Petrochemical International Co., Ltd (Sinopec International) has selected chemical firm LyondellBasell’s polypropylene (PP) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) technologies for a new facility at the Sinopec Zhenhai Refining & Chemical complex in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China. The complex will comprise of a 300 kilotonne/year PP plant that will utilise LyondellBasell’s Spherizone PP process technology and a 300 kilotonnes/year HDPE plant that will utilise LyondellBasell’s Hostalen ACP process technology.
The Sinopec Spherizone plant will commence operations using Avant ZN catalyst. The Hostalen plant will commence operations using Avant Z501 and Avant Z509-1 catalysts to produce a full range of multi-modal HDPE products.
“This again demonstrates LyondellBasell’s leadership in polymer process technologies in the market,” said Jim Seward, Senior Vice-President of R&D at LyondellBasell. Seward added: “The selection by Sinopec International of the Spherizone technology as the innovative manufacturing platform for polypropylene resins and the Hostalen ACP technology as the leading low-pressure slurry process for the production of HDPE resins shows once again the confidence the market has in our technologies.”
The Spherizone breakthrough multi-zone circulating reactor provides a unique and innovative platform to manufacture polypropylene products with novel architecture and enhanced product properties.
The Hostalen ACP process technology manufactures high performance, multi-modal HDPE resins with an industry-leading stiffness/toughness balance, impact resistance, high stress cracking resistance and process advantages used in pressure pipe, film and blow moulding applications.