W. R. Grace & Co., supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and polypropylene (PP) process technology, contracts to license its Unipol PP Process Technology to Oriental Energy (Ningbo) New Material Co., Ltd. for an expansion at its facility in Ningbo, China. The two new 400-kiloton capacity lines are expected to begin operations in 2020 to produce homopolymer and random copolymers.
The Ningbo operation is a subsidiary of Oriental Energy Co. Ltd. of Nanjing City, China, a comprehensive alkane resources operator that develops clean energy and new material for the international market, according to Grace. Oriental Energy previously licensed Unipol PP Process Technology for a 400-kiloton PP line in 2012.
The project represents the 22nd and 23rd Unipol PP Process Technology reactor lines licensed in China. With this license, the total design and operating capacity of Unipol PP lines in China will exceed 7,500 kilotons per year, according to Grace.
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