Clariant and Lummus receive contract for catalyst technology

Clariant and Lummus Technology Join Forces with Huizhou Boeko Materials Co. to Revolutionize Isobutane Dehydrogenation

Huizhou Boeko Materials Co. Ltd., a leading materials company in China, has selected Clariant and its process partner, Lummus Technology, to provide their CATOFIN catalyst and process technology for the dehydrogenation of isobutane at their new plant in Huizhou City. The collaboration between the three companies aims to enhance efficiency and productivity in the production of isobutylene, supporting downstream processes in the production of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).

The partnership marks a significant advancement in catalyst and process technology for the dehydrogenation of isobutane. Clariant provides tailor-made catalysts that are exclusively licensed by Lummus Technology, which also supplies basic engineering services for the project. The highly efficient CATOFIN process uses fixed-bed reactors and operates at optimum reactor pressure and temperature to maximize catalytic dehydrogenation of isobutane for high yields of isobutylene at low investment and operating costs.

Jens Cuntze, Business President Catalysts and APAC at Clariant, expressed his delight at being able to deliver their industry-leading CATOFIN catalyst to this first Huizhou Boeko plant. He stated that he looks forward to a fruitful partnership with the company. The selection of CATOFIN technology for this project demonstrates confidence in the reliability and performance of the catalyst and process technology provided by Clariant and Lummus Technology.

The scope of the current award includes the technology license and basic engineering. Once complete, the plant will produce 550,000 tpy of net isobutylene, which will serve as feedstock for downstream processes in MTBE production. This partnership represents a major step forward in enhancing efficiency and productivity in the production of isobutylene, supporting downstream processes in MTBE production while providing increased overall profitability for Huizhou Boeko Materials Co. Ltd.

To read more about this exciting development, visit https://www.hydrocarbonengineering.com/gas-processing/25032024/clariant-and-lummus-awarded-catalyst-technology-contract/.

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