Pucheng Selects Spheripol Process Technology for New 400 KT Per Year Polypropylene Plant in China

September 14, 2010

 ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, September 14, 2010 – LyondellBasell’s Spheripol process technology has been selected by Pucheng Clean Energy Chemical Company Ltd. for a new 400 KT per year polypropylene plant to be built in Pucheng County, Weinan City, Shaanxi Province, in the Peoples Republic of China. Start up is planned for 2013.

The Spheripol process polypropylene plant will be part of one of China’s largest coal-based chemicals production projects, which is expected to produce more than two million tonnes of olefins per year.

“By selecting the Spheripol process technology, our project will benefit from industry-leading technology to meet market needs at very competitive operating costs,” according to Zhang Zhihong, Pucheng’s vice president and a member of the Board of Directors.

“Pucheng’s selection is further evidence of the wide acceptance of the Spheripol process as a proven polypropylene process technology,” said Kaspar Evertz, vice president of Licensing at LyondellBasell. “This is due in large part to the outstanding reliability of the process, which is one of the most important selection criteria for these types of projects.”

The Spheripol process is the leading technology for the production of the entire range of polypropylene grades, including homopolymers, random copolymers and heterophasic copolymers. The Pucheng plant is the 109th Spheripol process line licensed to date; more than 22 million tonnes of Spheripol process polypropylene capacity have been licensed worldwide.

LyondellBasell is a leading licensor of polypropylene and polyethylene technologies and has granted more than 200 polyolefin process licenses. During the past 20 years, LyondellBasell technologies have been used in approximately half of all new polypropylene projects worldwide.

In addition to the Spheripol process, LyondellBasell’s portfolio of licensed polyolefin technologies and associated technical services includes: 
• Spherilene – flexible gas-phase process technology for the production of LLDPE, MDPE and HDPE
• Lupotech  – leading high-pressure tubular and autoclave processes for the production of LDPE and EVA copolymers
• Hostalen – low-pressure slurry process for the production of high-performance multimodal HDPE
• Spherizone – latest-generation polypropylene technology, based on a multi-zone reactor for the production of polypropylene and novel polyolefins
• Metocene PP – innovative add-on technology for the production of specialty polypropylene products using single-site catalyst systems


LyondellBasell is one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies. The company manufactures products at 59 sites in 18 countries. LyondellBasell products and technologies are used to make items that improve the quality of life for people around the world including packaging, electronics, automotive components, home furnishings, construction materials and biofuels. More information about LyondellBasell can be found at www.lyondellbasell.com.

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