Poland’s chemical firm, Grupa Azoty, is set to use C3 Oleflex process technology by UOP LLC, a Honeywell company and a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries, to produce propylene.
The propylene will be used to make resins and plastics that replace metal automobile parts, decreasing automobile weight and improving fuel efficiency. The facility will produce 400,000 metric tons annually of high-quality propylene, enough to support the production of nearly 11 million cars per year. The new unit in Police, in the Szczecin region of Poland, is slated to come online in 2019, Honeywell informs in a press release.
Mike Millard, vice president and general manager of Honeywell UOP’s Process Technology and Equipment business said, “In Western Europe, byproduct propylene is expected to decline about 4 per cent over the next five years, while global propylene demand will increase by more than 20 per cent, meaning on-purpose production is critical to fill the gap. This new facility helps position Poland as an important petrochemical producer with strong manufacturing capabilities that is creating new jobs in the region.”
Krzysztof Jalosinski, president of Grupa Azoty’s subsidiary in Police and vice-president of the Management Board of Grupa Azoty said, “This new propylene production unit will be the largest project in our company’s history and it will make a significant impact on the European petrochemical market, so it was important to select a reliable technology and an experienced company. We chose Honeywell UOP Oleflex technology due to its economics, reliability and product quality, as well as the company’s decades of experience with propylene projects worldwide.”
Grupa Azoty, one of Europe’s largest chemical companies, offers a diversified product portfolio, ranging from mineral fertilizers and engineering plastics to oxo-alcohols and pigments. (GK)