PETRONAS Selects LyondellBasell Spherizone and Spheripol PP Technology for 900 KTA Malaysia Project

December 19, 2014

ROTTERDAM, December 19, 2014 – LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) today announced that PETRONAS Refinery and Petrochemical Corporation (PRPC), a wholly owned subsidiary of PETRONAS, has selected the LyondellBasell Spherizone and Spheripol polypropylene process technologies. The technologies will be used for a 900 KTA polypropylene (PP) unit to be constructed in their Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) complex in Pengerang, Johor, Malaysia.

Dutuk Nur Iskandar A. Samad, Deputy Project Director (Petrochemical) for project RAPID at PRPC stated; “Our selection of both the Spherizone and Spheripol process technologies will provide PETRONAS with a wide range of premium quality and differentiated PP products highly suited to the needs of international markets.”

“LyondellBasell is pleased to be selected by PETRONAS as its technology provider for the development of their polypropylene business,” said Bob Patel, Executive Vice President of Olefins and Polyolefins, Europe, Asia, International and Technology at LyondellBasell.

Key features of the Spherizone technology include a large range of high-performance PP and novel polyolefinic resins with expanded properties, while Spheripol is the leading polypropylene technology for the production of high quality homopolymer, random and heterophasic copolymers.

LyondellBasell is a leading licensor of polypropylene and polyethylene technologies with more than 250 polyolefin process licenses.

In addition to the Spherizone and Spheripol processes, LyondellBasell’s portfolio of licensed polyolefin technologies and associated technical services is comprised of:

  • Metocene PP – technology for the production of specialty polypropylene products using single-site catalyst systems
  • Lupotech – the leading high-pressure tubular and autoclave process technologies for the production of LDPE and EVA copolymers
  • Hostalen – a low-pressure slurry process for the production of high-performance multimodal HDPE
  • Spherilene – flexible, gas-phase process technology for the production of LLDPE, MDPE and HDPE

Spheripol, Spherizone, Metocene, Lupotech, Hostalen, and Spherilene are trademarks owned by the LyondellBasell Industries group of companies.

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