Honeywell has announced that the Sidi Kerir Petrochemicals Company (SIDPEC) has chosen Honeywell UOP’s C3 Oleflex technology to produce 500,000 metric tonnes per year of on-purpose propylene at SIDPEC’s refinery in Amerya, near Alexandria, Egypt.
Honeywell also will provide the process design package, proprietary and non-proprietary equipment, on-site operator training, technical services for start-up and continuing operation, and catalysts and adsorbents for the project. When completed, the SIPDEC unit will be the first Oleflex unit operating in Egypt.
“Honeywell UOP was chosen because it has the greatest experience in propane dehydrogenation technology, and because the Oleflex solution provided the best economics versus other solutions,” said Jim Moshi, Honeywell UOP, Middle East regional general manager. “This plant will allow SIDPEC to expand its portfolio and take advantage of domestically produced propane to make products such as polypropylene.”
According to IHS Markit, annual demand for polypropylene in Africa was 1.9mn metric tonnes in 2016. But due to rapid population growth and urbanisation, this demand is expected to rise by an additional 1mn metric tonnes in the next decade.
Honeywell UOP’s C3 Oleflex technology uses catalytic dehydrogenation to convert propane to propylene.
Honeywell UOP also licenses C4 Oleflex technology, which converts butanes to butylenes, the primary ingredient for making high-octane fuel additives and synthetic rubber. Since the technology was first commercialised in 1990, Honeywell UOP has commissioned 29 Oleflex units for on-purpose propylene and isobutylene production. Global production capacity of propylene from Oleflex technology now stands at nearly 7mn metric tonnes per year from 19 operating units.
SIDPEC is a joint stock company established in 1997, and represents Egypt’s initial development of a domestic petrochemicals industry. The company’s production assets are based on the latest available technologies and designs to ensure competitiveness and compliance with Egyptian environmental regulations.