This report describes the economics of an industrial process for polypropylene production from polymer grade propylene (similar to CB&I Lummus gas phase process, known as Novolen). The economic analysis, based upon up-to-date data (2014/15), refers to a commercial-scale plant located on the US Gulf Coast, with a nominal capacity of 300 thousand metric tons of Polypropylene Homopolymer per year.
It presents accurate economic estimates, including breakdowns for capital and operating costs, through easy-to-understand tables and charts. It is also included within the report a rich process description, comprising flow digrams and consumption coefficients for raw materials and utilities.
Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer with exceptional properties, combined with versatility, what makes it one of the most widely used polymers, second only to polyethylene in terms of global demand. Traditionally, the most representative processes to industrially synthesize polypropylene are: hydrocarbon slurry or suspension, bulk (or bulk slurry), gas phase and hybrid process. The gas phase polypropylene production process is the fastest growing route for producing polypropylene homopolymers and random copolymers.
In this gas phase process, gaseous polymer grade propylene is polymerized in vertical stirred-bed reactors. Resulting polypropylene is removed from the reactor and sent to a purge bin for residual hydrocarbons stripping and recovery. The resulting polypropylene resin is then sent to the pelletizing system.
Key Reference(s): US Patent 5639822, issued to BASF in 1997 (assigned to Novolen Technology Holdings in 2001).
Keywords: PG Propylene, Propene, Lummus Novolen.
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Technology Economics Reports are a family of reports, where each report is an up-to-date picture of an industrial process, detailing capital and operating costs of an industrial plant installed on a specific location (typically US). More specifically, each Technology Economics Report presents:
- Total Fixed Investment broken down by direct costs (per discipline), indirect costs and project contingency
- Working Capital and Initial Expenses
- Total Operating Costs broken down by Raw Materials costs, Utilities Costs and Fixed Costs
- Process Raw Materials Consumptions
- Process Flow Diagrams (PFD) and Main Equipment List
- Detailed Production Process Description
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