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Honeywell UOP Supplies Technology to PDH Plant in Texas

November 21, 2019

Process technology and solutions firm Honeywell UOP is supplying its C3 Oleflex technology to Enterprise Products Partners LP for use in the firm’s propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit in Mont Belvieu, TX. 

Under the arrangement, Honeywell UOP will provide Oleflex technology licensing to the plant, as well as engineering, catalysts, adsorbents, services, and equipment, according to a company press release issued Wednesday. The new Enterprise facility, known as PDH 2, will have a capacity of 750,000 mt/yr of polymer-grade propylene. 

“Due to the demonstrated economics and reliability of the Oleflex process, Enterprise determined this technology provides the best option to expand its propylene production capacity,” Bryan Glover, vice president and general manager of Honeywell UOP’s Petrochemicals and Refining Technologies business, said in a statement. “It will help Enterprise take advantage of low-cost propane and meet the rising demand for on-purpose propylene.”

Honeywell’s C3 Oleflex technology employs catalytic dehydrogenation to process propane into propylene with lower energy and water usage than competing technologies. Slated to become operational in the first half of 2023, the new PDH unit will make up to 1.65 billion lb/yr of propylene. 

Enterprise opened a UOP C4 unit that processes isobutane into isobutylene in 1994 and is currently in the process of constructing a second C4 Oleflex unit in Mont Belvieu.

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