W. R. Grace & Co (Grace), the leading independent supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and polypropylene (PP) process technology, is proud to announce hitting another milestone in the Asia market, with the start-up of a 500 kiloton per annum (KTA) polypropylene reactor line by PetroChina GuangDong PetroChemical Company (PetroChina GuangDong), a subsidiary of PetroChina Group, the world’s second-largest petroleum company. The plant will produce homopolymer, random copolymer, and impact copolymer polypropylene resins, catering to the growing demand for high-quality PP resins in the Chinese market.
This marks the fourth UNIPOL® PP technology plant start-up for PetroChina, which includes PetroChina Guangxi (200 KTA), PetroChina Fushun (300 KTA), and PetroChina Sichuan (450 KTA).
The combination of Grace’s polypropylene process design with the CONSISTA® catalyst system provided a reaction within minutes after the catalyst was injected, a benefit of UNIPOL® PP technology.
In China, this is the largest UNIPOL® PP technology single-extruder reactor line. The successful start-up further underscores UNIPOL® PP technology's strong reputation in the country.
"Grace is honored to have been chosen once again by PetroChina for this groundbreaking project," said Laura Schwinn, President of Grace's Specialty Catalysts business. "The successful start-up of the 500 KTA reactor line is a testament to Grace's expertise and commitment to delivering innovative solutions that meet the needs of our customers around the world.”
Grace has been at the forefront of PP catalyst technology for over 50 years, and the company's UNIPOL® PP technology is widely recognized as one of the most advanced and reliable processes in the industry. PetroChina GuangDong selected Grace as its partner due to its broad catalyst and product capabilities, advanced PP technology, and robust production.