Total to provide CPI with Coal-To-Olefins technology
The French major company Total and the local utility China Power Investment Corporation (CPI) have received the approval from the China National Development and Reform Commission to develop Inner Mongolia $4 billion coal-to-olefins (CTO) petrochemical complex in China.
Established in 2002, CPI is ranked as the fifth largest power production company in China with its activities in coal production, aluminium and railways.
In November 2010, Total and CPI had signed in Paris, France, in presence of Presidents Sarkozy and Hu Jintao, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate in the clean coal-to-olefin technologies and to study the development of a world scale petrochemical complex in the Inner Mongolia Province.
The CTO conversion process is well know by the chemical industry but it requires a lot of energy, it consumes large quantities of water and it produces no-longer acceptable mass of carbon dioxide.
Anyway China needs desperately to become self sufficient in petrochemical products to support its manufacturing industry even though that may not happens before 2035.
In this long term perspective China is inviting all the foreign companies to propose their know-how that could help to reduce the power and water consumption as well as to reduce CTO carbon fot print.
In the same way as Shenua, the China larger coal producer, is cooperating with Dow Chemicals and Shell in this CTO technologies, CPI identified the french company Total to provide its valuable expertise.
Total and CPI completed China CTO feasibility study
These technologies will positively impact the most critical phases of the coal-to-olefins conversion at the different levels of the transformation chain covering the:
– Methanol-to olefin (MTO) process
– Olefins cracking process (OCP)
– Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) process
In its purpose-build Belgium facility of Feluy, Total has accumulated years of experience in its advanced and high performances olefin cracker that would contribute to high efficiency petrochemicals production.
Regarding the carbon capture and sequestration, many companies have been working on it but very few made the decision to develop a full scale project at the size of Total Lacq pilot project in France.
From this conceptual study, Total and CPI are designing this Inner Mongolia coal-to-olefins project to produce 1 million tonnes per year (t/y) of petrochemical products including 800,000 t/y of polyethylene and polypropylene.