Clariant catalyst chosen for anhydride plant
Clariant has been awarded a major contract by Wanhua Chemical Group to supply catalysts for its new maleic anhydride plant - one of the largest in the world.
Designed to produce 200 kilotons of maleic anhydride annually, the plant will rely on Clariant’s SynDane catalyst for the production process.
The facility will be located in Yantai city, Shandong province, and is scheduled to commence operation in 2023.
Also based in Yantai, Wanhua is one of the largest chemical producers in China and is among the top 30 chemical producers globally by 2020 sales.
The Wanhua plant will be the first to use a new maleic anhydride production technology.
Compared to the conventional technology, this improves production efficiency and reduces power consumption.
The technology licensor Conser estimates a reduction in energy consumption of 2.5 to 3.0 MW per hour of production at the Wanhua plant. Assuming 8,000 hours of production per year, Wanhua’s annual energy savings will amount to 20,000 to 24,000 MWh.
Jace Wang, head of business unit catalysts at Clariant in China, said: “Sustainability is a vital aspect of our company strategy, and we are proud to support Wanhua in this ambitious and important project with our innovative catalysts.”