New Catalysts Emerge

A variety of processes will benefit.

By Seán Ottewell, Editor at Large

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In addition, the company is grooming biomass-to-liquids (BTL) technology. Earlier this year it successfully operated a 1-bbl/d BTL demonstration and pilot plant at a gasification facility [of SGC Energia] in Güssing, Austria.

"At Güssing we demonstrated a skid mounted FT reactor with SGC Energia. We had approximately 2,000 hours onstream using a live feed. It went very well, exceeding our expectations. In that time over 2.8 tons of FT product was produced. We have just sold them two full-scale reactors for use in a subsequent field demonstration," explains Jarosch.

Similar microchannel reactor technology now is set to be deployed in a 50-bbl/d BTL plant planned for Brazil in 2012.

Dow Chemical, Midland, Mich., has introduced Consista C601 polypropylene catalyst, which it calls the first sixth-generation Ziegler Natta catalyst. Using the non-phthalate-based catalyst system reportedly requires no capital expenditures or upgrades to existing facilities. It produces high-performance resins that are lighter, cleaner and clearer, says the company.

Meanwhile, Evonik Industries, Essen, Germany, is expanding its capacity for biodiesel catalysts via a new 60,000-mt/y alcoholates plant in Puerto General San Martin, Argentina. The plant is expected to be operational by the end of 2012.

Axens, Rueil-Malmaison, France, and Gentas, part of the Shoaibi Group, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, have signed a letter of intent to build a world-scale hydroprocessing catalyst production plant in Saudi Arabia. The catalysts will be used in the production of clean fuels.

Finally, Materia, Pasadena, Calif., has announced plans to open a catalyst manufacturing and R&D facility in Singapore. The production unit is expected to reach initial 10-mt/yr capacity by the end of 2012.

Seán Ottewell is Chemical Processing's Editor at Large. You can e-mail him at


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