Honeywell just announced that a major Chinese petrochemical company has achieved startup of a new isobutylene production unit in just 20 months using a new pre engineered solution that incorporates UOP process technology. Honeywell Process Solutions is also mentioned in the press release, and we did hear about closer cooperation between Honeywell Process Solutions and UOP at the last Honeywell User Group meeting. Although the specific role of Honeywell Process Solutions is not specifically called out in this press release, it is easy to imagine that HPS’ new Lean Execution of Automation Projects philosophy (LEAP) may have been part of this pre-engineered solution, along with new configurable Experion I/O, late binding concepts, and maybe some pre-engineered templates for the process automation system designed in cooperation with UOP. It would certainly be interesting to know more, since ARC has been writing about the powerful potential between HPS and UOP for a few years now. It seems that potential is starting to manifest itself.
From the press release:
Located in Shandong Province on China’s East Coast, the new unit will use Honeywell UOP’s C4 Oleflex™ process to produce 170,000 metric tons per year of isobutylene, a key ingredient for making high-octane fuel and synthetic rubber used in tires, healthcare supplies and other consumer products.
“UOP’s fast-to-market solution with key, pre-engineered components enabled this project to go from kick-off to start-up in just 20 months – about 10 to 12 months earlier than a typical project of this size – allowing Shandong Luqing to start producing isobutylene sooner,” said Mike Millard, vice president and general manager of UOP’s Process Technology and Equipment business unit. “With the lowest cash cost of production and the highest return on investment, Oleflex technology makes Luqing a more competitive player in the market for isobutylene.”
“Shandong Luqing is proud to operate the first dedicated C4 Oleflex unit in China,” said Wang Heqing, general manager at Shandong Luqing. “Using UOP’s fast-to-market design, we were able to begin production much faster to meet the growing demand for fuel and petrochemicals, while gaining a strong foothold in the market.”
In addition to licensing, UOP provided the engineering design, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, staff training and technical service for the project.