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UOP Selected by China's Sinopec for New Aromatics Project
Wednesday April 25, 10:00 am ET

New Shanghai complex to bring 600 KMTA of new para-xylene capacity to China

Para-xylene Demand in China is expected to grow at an annual rate of 14 percent over next 10 years

DES PLAINES, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced today that Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of the China Petroleum and Chemical Corp., has selected UOP to supply technology, basic engineering services and equipment for an aromatics project to be installed at their Shanghai facility.

Engineering design is currently in progress with commissioning of the complex scheduled prior to the end of 2008.

"This project demonstrates that through teamwork and the proper planning, a project of this scale can be completed in less than two years," said Norm Gilsdorf, senior vice president for UOP's Process Technology and Equipment business unit. "This is our second aromatics complex designed for Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemicals, and we are extremely proud of our successful partnership."

The new plant, located in Shanghai, China, will produce 600 thousand metric tons per annum of para-xylene using UOP's ParexTM process. Para-xylene is a key ingredient in the production of PTA (purified terephthalic acid), which is used to make polyester for fabric and PET (polyethylene terephthalate) chips for carbonated soft drink and water bottles. The new plant will also produce 280 thousand metric tons per annum of benzene, also a building block in plastics production. The demand for para-xylene in China is expected to grow at an annual rate of 14 percent over the next 10 years driven largely by the downstream market.

In addition to the Parex unit, the complex will also include a CCR Platforming(TM) unit to convert naphtha, an oil-derived feedstock, to aromatics and hydrogen and an Isomar(TM) unit to convert other xylenes to para-xylene.

Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co., Ltd. (SPC) commissioned its first aromatics complex in 1986 operating units using UOP's CCR PlatformingTM, SulfolaneTM, Parex, Isomar, and TatorayTM processes. Globally, UOP has licensed more than 725 individual process units for the production of aromatics.

With more than 140 million tons of refining capacity, Sinopec is the largest producer and marketer of refined oil products in China and in Asia. It is also the largest distributor of petrochemicals in China and is the country's second largest producer of oil and gas.

UOP LLC, headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, USA, is a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, process plants, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries. UOP is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Honeywell International, Inc. and is part of Honeywell's Specialty Materials strategic business group.

Honeywell International is a $33 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

Source: UOP LLC

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