The LyondellBasell polyolefin technology selected for Dongming Shenghai chemical complex in China

November 30, 2023

ROTTERDAM, the Netherlands, 30 November, 2023 – LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB), the world’s largest licensor of polyolefin technologies, today announced that Dongming Shenghai Co., Ltd. (Dongming Shenghai), will use the LyondellBasell Spheripol, Hostalen Advanced Cascade Process (Hostalen ACP) and Lupotech T technologies for its new facility.

The process technology will be used for a 350 kilotons per annum (KTA) Spheripol polypropylene plant, a 400 KTA Hostalen ACP high-density polyethylene plant and a 200 KTA Lupotech T vinyl acetate copolymer plant, to be built in Heze City, Shandong Province, P.R. China.

“We are delighted that Dongming Shenghai has awarded LyondellBasell these substantial licenses for the production of an extensive range of polyolefins,” said Neil Nadalin, Director of Licensing at LyondellBasell. Nadalin added: “Dongming Shenghai’s technology selection will enable them to produce durable benchmark polypropylene (PP) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) products using the LyondellBasell Spheripol and Hostalen ACP low pressure processes and the Lupotech T vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA) process technology will enable them to be an active contributor to the global energy transition”.

Mr. Gao Zhi Qiang, General Manager of Dongming Shenghai said, “Working with the leading global licensor in polyolefin catalyst and process  technology gives us additional confidence that the project will become a full success even in a complex market environment. In particular the focus on durable grades, the LYB extensive catalyst range , and the ability to produce EVA photovoltaic encapsulant materials, was  a key process technology selection criteria for us”.

Spheripol technology is the leading polypropylene (PP) process technology with more than 33 million tons of licensed capacity. The latest fifth generation Spheripol technology includes process improvements that further maximize operational efficiency. The plant will commence operations using Avant ZN catalyst.

The Hostalen ACP process technology manufactures high performance, multi-modal HDPE resins with an industry-leading stiffness/toughness balance, impact resistance, high stress cracking resistance and process advantages used in pressure pipe, film and blow molding applications. The Hostalen ACP plant will commence operations using Avant Z501 and Avant Z509-1 catalysts to produce a full range of multi-modal HDPE products.

Decades of experience in high-pressure application design makes the Lupotech T process the preferred technology for LDPE/EVA plant operators. High conversion rates, demonstrated high plant availability and effective process heat integration are key attributes of the Lupotech T process, designed to ensure this technology’s energy efficiency. More than 15 million KTA of the Lupotech T process for LDPE/EVA production capacity has been licensed by LyondellBasell in over 70 lines around the world.

New licensees have the option of joining the LYB Technical Service Program. Through this program, they can benefit from the LYB in-house expertise of continuous production improvement, sustainable product development and catalyst.

In addition to the Spheripol, Hostalen ACP and Lupotech T process technology, the LYB portfolio of licensed polyolefin process and catalysts includes:

  • Spherizone – The breakthrough multi-zone circulating reactor provides a unique and innovative platform to manufacture polypropylene products with novel architecture and enhanced properties

  • Avant – Advanced Ziegler-Natta, including non-phthalate, chromium and metallocene catalysts for the entire range of polyolefin production.


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