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Johnson Matthey technology selected for world’s largest single train methanol plant

Johnson Matthey technology selected for world’s largest single train methanol plant

05 Aug 2020

Johnson Matthey (JM) has been selected by China’s Ningxia Baofeng Energy Group as licensor for the third methanol synthesis plant at its coal to olefins complex near Yinchuan in Ningxia Province PRC.

With a planned capacity of 7,200 mtpd, the methanol plant will be the world’s largest single train methanol plant upon completion, according to a statement.

Under the agreement, JM will be the licensor and supplier of associated engineering, technical review, commissioning assistance, catalyst and equipment supply. The JM methanol plant will take synthesis gas as a feed and utilise JM radial steam raising converters in a patented Series Loop.

Together with JM catalysts, to produce stabilised methanol as a product that is used to produce olefins downstream, the plant will provide enhanced energy efficiency along with low OPEX, CAPEX and emissions.

Upon startup, this will represent JM’s eighth operating licence in China with a plant capacity greater than 5,500 mtpd.

The licence award demonstrates Baofeng’s recognition of JM’s technical leadership and is testament to the latter’s commitment and dedication to large-scale methanol production delivery.

“We are very proud of our ongoing collaboration with Ningxia Baofeng Energy. It is testament to their confidence in JM’s engineering expertise and ability to successfully design and help deliver their large-scale methanol plants”, said JM Managing Director, John Gordon.

“In just over six years, it has been exciting to see our strong partnership result in the commissioning of two large scale plants with increasing volumes and a third world-scale plant on the way.”

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Source: Bernama