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Lurgi to build an Acrylic Acid Plant

Lurgi GmbH, Frankfurt, a company of Air Liquide, France, in November received a contract from CNOOC Energy Technology & Services Limited, a subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Company, to build a plant for the production of acrylic acid from propylene. The product will in turn be used for the production of acrylates for paints and varnishes. The acrylate technology is provided by China Petroleum Engineering Company, Jilin.

The scope for the single-train plant with a capacity of 140,000 t/a of estergrade acrylic acid to be realized in Huizhou in the Chinese province of Guandong comprises the license, basic engineering, certain equipment as well as technical support. The total order value amounts to around EUR 38 million. The plant is scheduled to go on stream in spring 2011.

For Lurgi this is the first order for an acrylic acid plant in China utilizing the state of the art Lurgi / Nippon Kayaku Acrylic Acid Process. The state of the art catalyst produced by Nippon Kayaku, Japan as well as Lurgi’s experience in the field of process engineering will allow for an excellent product yield and on stream efficiency.

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