Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical Co. Ltd. again selected LyondellBasell’s high pressure LDPE technology

April 08, 2022

ROTTERDAM, the Netherlands, April 08, 2022 – LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) today announced that Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical Co. Ltd. (ZPC) will license again the LyondellBasell high-pressure polyethylene technology at their facility located in Zhoushan City, Zhejiang Province, P.R. of China.

The Lupotech process technology will be used for both a 100 KTA Autoclave and a 300 kiloton per year (KTA) Tubular line. Both production trains will be producing mainly ethylene vinyl acetate copolymers (EVA). Furthermore, an additional 400 KTA Tubular line producing low-density polyethylene (LDPE) homo polymers will be built at the same site.

“We are excited that ZPC decided to grow their assets of licensed LyondellBasell polyolefin technologies with their latest award of our tubular Lupotech T and autoclave Lupotech A technology. In the near future, ZPC will produce in total more than 2,700 KTA polyolefins based on our process technology,” said Neil Nadalin, Director Global Licensing and Services at LyondellBasell. Nadalin added: “The latest additions will be  dedicated to produce high value EVA and LDPE applications such as solar panel lamination and encapsulant enabling the global energy transition as well as the production of cost efficient homopolymer LDPE resins.“

Mr. Li Shuirong, Chairman of Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical Co. Ltd., stated: “The selection of LyondellBasell’s Lupotech process technologies represents a win-win situation for both ZPC and LyondellBasell. These technologies allow us to not only expand our production capabilities, but also further improve the excellent performance and quality of our LDPE and EVA products.”

Decades of experience in high-pressure application design makes the Lupotech process the preferred technology for EVA/LDPE plant operators. High reliability, unmatched conversion rates and effective process heat integration are key attributes of the Lupotech process, designed to ensure this technology’s on-going energy efficiency.

More than 14,000 KTA of LyondellBasell high pressure LDPE technology has been licensed by LyondellBasell in over 80 lines around the world.

New licensees take advantage of LyondellBasell’s in-house expertise of continuous production improvement, product development according to the latest environmental regulations, and our know-how in high pressure design, by optionally joining our Technical Service program.

In addition to the Lupotech T and Lupotech A process technology, the LyondellBasell licensing portfolio of polyolefin processes and catalysts includes:

– Leading low-pressure slurry process for the production of high-performance multimodal high-density polyethylene (HDPE).

Spherilene – Flexible gas phase process technology for the production of linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), medium-density polyethylene (MDPE) and HDPE.

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

Spheripol – The leading polypropylene (PP) process technology with more than 30 million tons of licensed capacity. With globally recognized quality grades featuring leading monomer yield and investment costs to make it the technology of choice.

Metocene PP – Innovative add-on technology for the production of specialty polypropylene products using single-site catalyst systems.

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

About LyondellBasell:
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Lupotech, Lupotech T, Spherizone, Spherilene, Spheripol, Metocene and Avant are trademarks owned and/or used by the LyondellBasell family of companies.