Honeywell helps the Egyptian petrochemical company to improve propylene production

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  Honeywell Helps Egyptian Petrochemicals Grow Propylene Production

28. June 2018 – Honeywell announces that Sidi Kerir Petrochemicals Co. (SIDPEC) has selected C3 Oleflex technology from Honeywell UOP to produce 500,000 tonnes of propylene per year at the SIDPEC refinery in Amerya, near Alexandria, Egypt.

Honeywell will also include the process design package, proprietary and non-proprietary equipment, on-site operator training, technical services for commissioning and ongoing operation, as well as catalysts and adsorbents for the project. With this project, Honeywell UOP's Oleflex technology has been selected since 2011 for 52 out of 64 propane and isobutane dehydrogenation projects worldwide. Upon completion, the SIDPEC plant will be the first Oleflex plant in Egypt.

According to IHS Markit, annual demand for polypropylene in Africa in 2016 was 1.9 million tonnes. However, with rapid population growth and urbanization, this demand is expected to increase by another 1 million tonnes over the next decade. Egypt is the largest consumer of polypropylene in Africa and consumes about 4.4 kilograms per capita, and demand will rise more than 5% per annum by 2022.

Honeywell UOP's Oleflex C3 technology utilizes catalytic dehydrogenation to convert propane to propylene. Its platinum-alumina based catalyst system is designed to minimize its impact on the environment. The independent reaction and regeneration sections allow for steady state operation, improved operational flexibility, high factor and high reliability.

Honeywell UOP also licenses the C4 Oleflex technology, which converts butanes to butylenes. Octane fuel additives and synthetic rubber. Since its introduction to the market in 1990, Honeywell UOP has commissioned 30 Oleflex plants for the production of propylene and isobutylene. The global production capacity of Oleflex technology propylene now amounts to almost 7 million tons per year from 20 operating units.

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SIDPEC is a public company founded in 1997, representing Egypt's first development in the petrochemical industry. The company's manufacturing facilities are based on the latest available technologies and designs to ensure compliance with Egyptian environmental regulations.

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Honeywell UOP is an international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts and adsorbents, equipment and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical and gas processing industries. Honeywell UOP is part of Honeywell's Strategic Business Unit Performance Materials and Technologies, which includes Honeywell Process Solutions

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