Engro selects technology partners to produce polypropylene

ISLAMABAD - Engro Corporation, Pakistan’s premier conglomerate has selected Honeywell UOP and W R Grace & Co as technology partners to use their licenced process technology for $1.5 billion, 750,000 propane dehydrogenation (PDH) and polypropylene (PP) production facility that would make Pakistan a self-sufficient producer of polypropylene. Polypropylene resin is used in the manufacturing of a variety of daily use consumer products including woven bags, food and non-food packaging, films, sheets, household containers, battery casings, kitchenware, electrical appliances, bottles, caps, pipes & fittings, medical equipment, and a wide range of other products. To meet these needs, polypropylene has a local annual demand of 500,000 with an expected grow rate of 7 per cent annually.
Honeywell will provide its C3 Oleflex™ technology and basic engineering design services, in addition to equipment, catalysts and adsorbents for the plant. Since 2011, most of the new dehydrogenation projects globally have been based on UOP C3 Oleflex technology. However, this will mark the first use of C3 Oleflex in Pakistan. The technology is designed to have a lower cash cost of production and higher return on investment when compared to competing dehydrogenation technologies. Its low energy consumption, low emissions and fully recyclable, platinum-alumina-based catalyst system, helps minimise its impact on the environment. The independent reactor and regeneration design of the Oleflex technology helps maximise operating flexibility and on-stream reliability. 
W R Grace & Co, the leading independent supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and polypropylene (PP) process technology, will provide its state-of-the-art Unipol® PP process technology to help achieve mechanical and operational simplicity. The process technology, coupled with Grace’s proprietary catalyst and donor systems and the Unipol Unippac® Process Control System, allows for maximum performance. While announcing the new partnerships, President & CEO of Engro Corporation Ghias Khan said that the Engro continues on its journey towards solving the most pressing issues of our time by investing in projects which will serve to be catalysts of growth for Pakistan. He said that for the project, they have selected Honeywell and Grace as their technology partners based on their extensive experience and cutting-edge solutions that have helped to set up such projects globally.”This collaboration will support the advanced studies for the project, which can be a significant milestone for Engro and Pakistan towards import substitution that will help build foreign exchange reserves, while also enhancing the petrochemicals landscape of the country,” he added.