Sinopec’s Ningbo refinery lets contract for new production unit

Oct. 11, 2023
Sinopec has let a contract to Lummus Technology to license technology for a new petrochemicals unit to be installed at subsidiary Sinopec Ningbo Zhenhai Refining & Chemical Co.’s refining complex in Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, China.

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec) has let a contract to Lummus Technology LLC to license technology for a new petrochemicals unit to be installed at subsidiary Sinopec Ningbo Zhenhai Refining & Chemical Co.’s (NZRCC) 461,890-b/d integrated refining complex in Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, China.

As part of the Oct. 11 contract, Lummus will deliver licensing of its proprietary Novolen technology for a grassroots unit equipped to produce 500,000 tonnes/year of polypropylene, the service provider said.

Without disclosing a timeframe or value of the newly awarded contract, Lummus did confirm its scope of work under the order also includes providing basic design engineering of the new polypropylene plant, related project engineering services, and training.

Alongside enabling a sustainable route for polymers production, NZRCC’s implementation of Novolen technology at the new plant will allow the operator flexibility to produce a multigrade slate of polypropylene products at reduced capital and operating costs, Lummus said.

Neither Sinopec nor NZRCC have yet to officially reveal further details regarding the proposed polypropylene plant project at Ningbo.