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ABB and SINOPEC Corp. cooperate on ethylene recovery technology

ABB Automation Technologies : 05 February, 2002  (Company News)
ABB Lummus Global and China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (SINOPEC Corp.) have signed a cooperation agreement creating a strategic alliance to develop and market new recovery technology for ethylene plants. The collaboration merges the extensive capabilities and experiences of both companies in the area of recovery technology.
ABB Lummus Global and SINOPEC Corp. will license the technology worldwide, for both grassroots and revamp projects through ABB Lummus Global.
ABB Lummus Global will contribute front-end and back-end selective hydrogenation utilizing CDHydro(r) hydrogenation technology, developed by its joint venture company CDTECH; tertiary refrigeration; its low pressure chilling train; and Olefins Conversion Technology to self-metathesize butenes to produce hexene-1. SINOPEC Corp.'s contributions include condensing fractionation towers, high capacity trays, high flux tubes, and low temperature arsenic removal from liquid feeds.

A semi-works unit at SINOPEC's Tianjin ethylene facility will demonstrate the CDHydro hydrogenation and self-metathesis technologies. Start-up of this facility is slated for the first quarter of 2003.

The new recovery technology represents the most significant reconfiguration of the ethylene plant flow sheet in over 30 years, adding new chemistries to ease purification and improve light olefin yields. When fully applied, the new recovery technology will reduce the number of compressor/turbine casings by 40%, eliminate over 20% of the equipment piece count, reduce compressor power by over 10%, and improve operating margins by up to 30%.

In 1999, ABB Lummus Global and the Technology Development Division of SINOPEC Corp. formed a strategic alliance to develop and market new ethylene furnace technology. The alliance has since been awarded 12 furnaces, with a total ethylene capacity of 1.2 million metric tons per annum. Earlier this year, the first furnaces designed by the alliance were successfully commissioned in record time at the Beijing Yanshan Petrochemical Co. ethylene complex in Beijing, China. The joint technology heaters provide state-of-the-art performance including high olefins yield, long run length and high thermal efficiency, and maximize the supply of indigenous technology and equipment.

ABB Lummus Global enjoys a very long history of providing petrochemical and polymer technology to China, extending back to 1973 with the award of the 300,000 MTA ethylene plant at Yanshan. Today, approximately 65% of the total ethylene throughput in China is produced in plants designed by ABB Lummus Global.

The ABB Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals Division focuses on systems, products and services for oil and gas exploration and development, refineries and petrochemical plants worldwide. The division employs approximately 13,000 people. ABB ( is a global leader in power and automation technologies that enables utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering their environmental impact. ABB has 160,000 employees in more than 100 countries.
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