SABIC Partners With Coolbrook To Decarbonize Ethylene Production

March 10, 2023
Collaboration could reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 90% via electrification of steam cracking plants.

Petrochemical and specialty chemical manufacturer SABIC has partnered with Coolbrook, a Helsinki, Finland-based technology and engineering company, to decarbonize ethylene production via Coolbrook’s Roto Dynamic Reactor technology.

According to a March 9 press release, SABIC is aiming for 20% decarbonization reduction by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050. This new collaboration offers an option in the electrification of steam cracking plants, which in conjunction with the use of renewable power has the potential to reduce the Scope 1 and 2 emissions linked with ethylene and propylene production by over 90%.

SABIC is already working with partners BASF and Linde to develop and commercialize technological solutions to the challenges associated with electrically powered steam cracking and anticipates the commissioning of the world’s-first commercial-demonstration scale electrically powered cracking facility later in 2023. Furthermore, SABIC has selected cracker electrification with the SABIC-BASF-Linde technology for inclusion in its 1st Adopter Program with the ambition of having a full commercial-scale electrical cracking furnace in operation at one of its manufacturing facilities within the next several years.