CHINA: Sinopec awarded USD3.1-billion EPC contract for ‘world's largest' coal-to-olefins plant

Sinopec said the project, to be built in Uxin Banner, Ordos, Inner Mongolia, involves a coal gasification unit, a purification unit, a 3.6-million-t/y synthetic methanol unit, two 1.8-million-t/y methanol-to-olefins units and a 200,000-t/y olefin catalytic cracking unit.

The project also includes a 350,000-t/y polypropylene (PP) unit (loop reactor), a 350,000-t/y PP unit (gas reactor), a 120,000-t/y low-density polyethylene (LDPE) unit (tank reactor), a 250,000-t/y LDPE unit (tubular reactor), a 300,000-t/y linear LDPE unit (gas reactor) and a combined 10,000-t/y methyl tertiary butyl ether and 30,000-t/y 1-butylene unit.

In addition, Sinopec will be responsible for utilities and tankage facilities. The project, which will use methanol-to-olefins technology developed jointly by Sinopec and China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., is scheduled for completion by 30 Oct. 2015.

Source: Weekly "PetroChemical News", Durham, NC, USA; 6 Jan 2014
(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)