Chinese firm lets contract for Tianjin petchem complex

State-run Tianjin Bohua Chemical Development Co. Ltd. (TBCD), Heping District, Tianjin, has let a series of contracts to CB&I, Houston, to provide technology licensing for units to be built as part of a grassroots petrochemicals plant to be cited at the Bohai Chemical Industry Park in northern China’s Tianjin Port Economic Zone.

State-run Tianjin Bohua Chemical Development Co. Ltd. (TBCD), Heping District, Tianjin, has let a series of contracts to CB&I, Houston, to provide technology licensing for units to be built as part of a grassroots petrochemicals plant to be cited at the Bohai Chemical Industry Park in northern China’s Tianjin Port Economic Zone.

CB&I will deliver proprietary technology licensing and engineering design for a 530,000-tonne/year ethylbenzene unit, a 530,000-tpy methanol-to-olefins (MTO) light-olefins recovery unit, and a 300,000-tpy single-line polypropylene unit, the latter of which will use CB&I’s Novolen gas-phase polypropylene technology, the service provider said.

Values of the contracts were not disclosed.

A definite timeline and detailed plans for TBCD’s proposed petrochemicals complex could not be confirmed, but the company has let other contracts for the project.

In September 2016, TBCD let a contract to Repsol SA subsidiary Repsol Química SA of Spain to provide technology licensing for construction of a plant that will produce 200,000 tpy propylene oxide and 450,000 tpy of styrene monomer at the complex, Repsol said.

In late 2016, TBCD also selected a consortium of Luoyang Petrochemical Engineering Corp. (LPEC) and partner SYN Energy Technology Co. to deliver knowhow licensing for a 1.8 million-tpy MTO plant at the complex, LPEC said in a Dec. 22, 2016, release.

All of the contract awards come as part of what TBCD calls its Dagu & Botian Relocation Reconstruction project, according to individual tender documents seeking bids for various project works.

Already partially developed, the Bohai Chemical Industry Park once fully completed will include 29 sets of chemical plants from Chinese state-run firms as part of the country’s program to increase competitiveness and efficiency of its chemical industry under China’s 13th 5-Year Plan, according to TBCD’s web site.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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