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UOP’s Oleflex technology selected by Dow Chemical  

By Gerald Ondrey |

UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop.com), a Honeywell (NYSE: HON) company, says that it has been selected by The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Mich.; www.dow.com) to provide technology to produce propylene at a Dow production site in Texas. Dow Texas Operations will use UOP’s C3 Oleflex technology in a new propane dehydrogenation unit to convert shale gas-derived propane to propylene, a product used in the production of packaging, adhesives, coatings, cleaners and many other end-use applications. The facility will produce 750,000 metric tons per year of polymer-grade propylene. The unit is scheduled to start up in 2015. It will be the first of its kind in the United States and the largest single-train propane dehydrogenation plant in North America. The Oleflex process uses UOP CCR continuous catalyst regeneration technology to dehydrogenate propane to propylene over a platinum catalyst. Compared with alternative propane dehydrogenation processes, Oleflex technology provides the lowest cash cost of production and the highest return on investment. These outcomes are enabled by low operating and capital costs, minimum plot area requirements, excellent scalability, high propylene yield, and maximum operating flexibility, says UOP. Since…
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