Clariant’s NiSat® 310 catalyst adds polishing touch at propylene oxide plant
Qixiang Tengda is one of the leading global producers of carbon-four chemical products, such as methyl ethyl ketone and maleic anhydride.
Expanding into the carbon-three value chain, the company’s new propylene oxide plant in Zibo city, Shandong province, relies on Evonik-tkIS HPPO technology to convert propylene in the presence of hydrogen peroxide (HP) directly into propylene oxide (PO). The plant will have an annual production capacity of 300,000 tons.
In the “polishing” stage of the process, Clariant’s NiSat 310 catalyst will remove by-products by converting up to 95% or more of the unreacted HP into water, and unwanted aldehydes into alcohols.
These alcohols can be easily separated in subsequent production steps. Using the catalyst not only improves the purity of the propylene oxide produced, but also extends the lifetime of the custom-made, Evonik-supplied HPPO catalyst applied in the main oxidation step.
Jens Cuntze, President of Clariant Catalysts, commented, “The combination of Evonik-tkIS HPPO technology and Clariant NiSat catalyst is a more economical solution that enables the production of highly pure propylene oxide while minimising waste. As propylene oxide is a widely used chemical building block globally, the collaboration exemplifies a sustainability-driven solution for industry growth.”
Lauren Kjeldsen, head of Evonik’s smart materials division, said: “At Evonik, our aim is to drive sustainable solutions to future challenges. HPPO is an excellent example of an innovation that helps the industry to use less energy and fewer resources while generating only water as a co-product. This sustainable advancement is especially important in China, where emissions regulations are becoming ever stricter.”