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UOP LLC and Total Petrochemicals to Integrate
Methanol-to-Olefins and Olefin Cracking Processes

Wednesday December 7, 8:34 am ET

Demonstration plant in Belgium to come on stream in 2007

DES PLAINES, Ill. & BRUSSELS, Belgium--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 7, 2005--UOP LLC, a subsidiary of Honeywell, and Total Petrochemicals announced today they have signed agreements for a joint development program to integrate technology aimed at increasing the production of light olefins, the basic chemical building blocks for many commonly used plastic products.

Under the agreements, Total Petrochemicals will construct a demonstration plant at its petrochemicals complex in Feluy, Belgium. The demonstration plant will consist of a UOP/HYDRO methanol-to-olefin (MTO) process unit and a Total Petrochemicals/UOP Olefin Cracking process unit. The integrated plant will feed an existing, large-scale polymerization pilot plant. The basic engineering for the demonstration plant is complete and detailed engineering, procurement and construction activities are scheduled for kick off prior to the end of this year. The demonstration plant is expected to come on stream in 2007. The program is anticipated to allow further optimization of the combined processes that Total Petrochemicals intends to apply to a commercial plant.

"This is a significant milestone in demonstrating a lower cost alternative to crude oil-based production of light olefins," said Carlos Cabrera, UOP president and CEO. "We value our relationship with Total Petrochemicals as both a joint development partner and a leading producer of light olefins."

The UOP/HYDRO MTO process converts methanol to ethylene and propylene along with some heavier olefins. The Total Petrochemicals/UOP Olefin Cracking process converts these heavier olefins predominantly to propylene with some associated ethylene.

By integrating the two processes, Total Petrochemicals and UOP will demonstrate a very significant increase in the production of light olefins, particularly propylene.

"We believe that gas-to-olefins will play an important role in the future production of petrochemicals in a high-price oil world," said Jean-Bernard Lartigue, President of Total Petrochemicals. "The integration of the Total Petrochemicals/UOP Olefin Cracking Process with the UOP/HYDRO MTO Process provides a truly economical route for production of light olefins from methanol."

UOP also remains active in MTO joint development with Hydro of Norway. Hydro has successfully operated an MTO demonstration unit in Norway since 1995.

UOP LLC, headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, USA, is a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, process plants, and technical services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries. UOP is a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell Specialty Materials, a strategic business group of Honeywell. Find out more at

Total Petrochemicals, the chemical branch of the oil group Total, is one of the major producers of base chemicals and petrochemicals in the world. Total Petrochemicals' activities are structured into four core businesses: Base Petrochemicals, Polyethylene, Polypropylene, and Styrenics. Find out more at

Source: UOP LLC

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