LyondellBasell grants Spherizone license for a PP plant in China

China Petroleum Materials Limited Corporation (CPMC) and Petrochina Liaoyang Petrochemical Company (LYPC) have selected LyondellBasell's Spherizone technology for a 300 KT per year polypropylene (PP) plant planned to be built at Liaoyang, Liaoning Province, China.

"LyondellBasell is very pleased to expand its relationship with Petrochina with this license at Liaoyang," said Jim Seward, vice president technology business and sustainability at LyondellBasell. "With the ability to produce products having superior properties and performance, the Spherizone process technology is a new benchmark for polypropylene production."

"This process technology was selected through an international bidding process on the basis of the technical exchanges with various licensees. It has the extraordinary ability to produce high value-added polypropylene products," said Mr. Li Guihe vice president of LYPC.

Mr. Chu Yuan Lin, vice president of CPMC stated: "LyondellBasell is the global leader in polyolefin technologies; we believe that successful cooperation can bring good and long-term economic benefits to the PetroChina companies."

The Spherizone process is the newest and most advanced polypropylene technology expanding the product portfolio beyond the traditional range of polypropylene grades. Unlike other PP process technologies, it also allows the production of entirely new families of propylene-based polymers using its unique multi-zone circulating reactor system. This project represents the ninth Spherizone line licensed in China. With this license, the total design and operating capacity of Spherizone lines in China will exceed 3,000 kilotons per year.


A complete portfolio of licensed polyolefin processes

In addition to the Spherizone process, LyondellBasell’s portfolio of licensed polyolefin processes and associated technical services includes:

  • Spheripol - The leading PP process technology with more than 25 million tons of licensed capacity. with globally recognized quality grades with leading monomer consumption and investment costs to make it the technology of choice
  • Hostalen - Leading low-pressure slurry process for the production of high performance multimodal HDPE
  • Lupotech - The market leader on high pressure technology offers, with its high conversion rates and effective heat recovery system, the lowest operating and investment costs for the production of low density polyethylene (LDPE)
  • Metocene PP - Innovative add-on technology for the production of specialty polypropylene products using single-site catalyst systems
  • Spherilene - Flexible gas phase process technology for the production of LDPE, MDPE and HDPE

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