This report describes the economics of an industrial process for propylene production via propane dehydrogenation (similar to UOP process, known as Oleflex). 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 550 thousand metric tons of Polymer Grade Propylene 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.
Propane dehydrogenation is one of the on-purpose propylene production processes that have become of great interest to the petrochemical marketplace, after propylene output as a by-product of naphtha-fed steam crackers decreased due to a shift to ethane-fed steam crackers that produce lower rates of propylene by-product. This is also the case of metathesis, and methanol-to-olefins/methanol-to-propylene (MTO/MTP) processes.
In this process, propylene is produced through a propane dehydrogenation reaction in fluidized-bed reactors. These reactors contain a platinum catalyst, which is continuously regenerated in a separated system. The reaction product is compressed, cooled, and purified, resulting in the polymer grade propylene product.
Key Reference(s): (1) US Patent 20120108877, issued to UOP in 2012; (2) US Patent 5457256, issued to UOP in 1996.
Keywords: UOP Oleflex, Continuous Catalyst Regeneration, CCR, Propene, PG Propylene.
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