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Yan’an Energy selects Dow and Davy LP Oxo technology

Dow and Davy license LP Oxo℠ Technology to Shaanxi Yanchang n-Butanol project

Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum Yan’an Energy and Chemical Co., Ltd.( Yan’an Energy) belongs to Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum (Group) Co., Ltd. (Yanchang Petroleum), the fourth largest NOC in China.

Yan’an Energy is planning to invest in a single integrated LP Oxo℠ plant, as part of Yanchang Petroluem Yan’an Coal-Gas-Oil Resources Integration Complex in Luoyang Village, Fucheng Town, Fu County, Shaanxi Province, China.

In this chemical complex, Yan’an Energy is planning to co-produce:

 – 2-propylheptanol

 – n-Butanol (normal butanol)

 – Iso butanol  

To do so Yanchang Petroleum and its affiliate Yan’an Energy have selected Davy LP Oxo℠ Technology using Dow’s proprietary NORMAX™ Catalyst.

 The new plant adopts the industry-first design based on Davy and Dow state-of-the-art LP Oxo℠ Technology that specializes in the production of 2-propylheptanol and butanols within one combined facility.

This new LP Oxo℠ plant will have a capacity of:

 – 80,000 t/y 2-propylheptanol

 – 206,000 t/y n-Butanol

 – 7,000 t/y iso butanol. 

For Davy Process Technology (DPT), this Yan’an Energy facility will be the 48th plant using the LP Oxo℠ Technology.

In selecting Davy LP Oxo℠ Technology using Dow NORMAX™ Catalyst, Yan’an Energy expect to build its market leadership in the oxo-alcohol market provided by the low feedstock and energy requirements of this process.

LP Oxo℠ Technology

For 40 years, Davy Process Technology and Dow have licensed the LP Oxo℠ Technology into 48 projects at 36 plants in 15 countries on four continents.

LP Oxo℠ Technology is a low-pressure hydroformylation process that is most commonly used with propylene and synthesis gas (a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide) to produce normal- and isobutyraldehydes.

These butyraldehydes are then converted into 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) and normal- and isobutanol.

Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum in brief

Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum (Group) Corp. Ltd.(Yanchang Petroleum), is directly attached to Shaanxi People’s Provincial Government.

Yanchang Petroleum is one of the four qualified enterprises for oil and gas exploration in China.

In 1998 and 2005, two great restructurings were undertaken, resulting in integration and reorganization of Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum (Group) Co. Ltd..

In 2010, it ranked No.72 among top 500 Chinese companies, and No.69 among top 200 Chinese companies with best profit. 

Davy Process Technology in brief

Davy Process Technology, a Johnson Matthey company, has a global business in petrochemicals technology development and technology licensing.

The company has its headquarters in London and has a Technology Centre in Teesside, UK.

It owns a range of proprietary process technologies such as methanol, Fischer-Tropsch, SNG, butanediol, natural detergent alcohols, Oxo alcohols, PTA, industrial amines, ethyl acetate and propylene glycol.

Dow in brief

The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress.

Dow connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity.

Dow’s diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture.

In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide.

Dow manufactures more than 5,000 products at 197 sites in 36 countries across the globe.

In October 2011, Yanchang Petroleum had selected KBR Advanced Catalytic Olefins (ACO™) technology to boost its 200,000 t/y olefin plant, in choosing today Dow and Davy LP Oxo℠ Technology, Yanchang Petroleum shows its determination to play with the big three Chinese petroleum NOCs (PetroChina, Sinopec and CNOOC).

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