Lurgi to build 140,000 tpa acrylic acid plant for CNOOC subsidiary in China

18 Dec 2008 • by Natalie Aster

Lurgi GmbH, Frankfurt, a company of Air Liquide, France have been awarded a a contract by CNOOC Energy Technology & Services Limited, a subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Company, to build a 140,000 tpa of single-train plant for the production of acrylic acid from propylene in Huizhou, Guandong province (China). The plant is scheduled to go on stream in spring 2011. 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 of the contract includes the license, basic engineering, certain equipment as well as technical support. The total order value amounts to around EUR 38 mln.

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.