Lukoil (Moscow, Russia) has selected Lummus Technology’s Novolen polypropylene (PP) technology for a previously announced petrochemical facility at Kstovo, Russia.
Lummus says its Novolen business has been awarded a contract by Lukoil to supply the technology license for the 500,000-metric tons/year PP production unit, as well as basic design engineering, training and services, and catalyst supply. The PP technology license award is the first since Lummus became an independent company earlier this year, it says. The contract is the largest Novolen PP unit licensed in Russia to date, according to Lummus.
Russia is “a critical market where Lummus has had a strong presence for decades,” and where it will continue to expand, says Leon de Bruyn, president and CEO at Lummus Technology.
The award increases the total amount of licensed volume for Novolen technology worldwide to more than 17 million metric tons/year (MMt/y), according to Lummus.
Lukoil took an investment decision mid-2019 to proceed with the PP plant at its Kstovo refinery in the Nizhny Novgorod Region, with the refinery to provide feedstock for the new unit, which is planned to produce PP largely for the export market. The company also said at the time it planned to build a 300,000-metric tons/year styrene manufacturing complex at the same site.
Kstovo is one of Lukoil’s largest refineries in Russia with a throughput of 17 MMt/y.
By: Mark Thomas
Source: Chemical Week
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