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Propylene via Propane Dehydrogenation - TEC12231

Technology Economics Report - 2014/15

Product Overview

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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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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