Air Liquide Engineering & Construction (Air Liquide E&C) and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC) have signed a cooperation agreement to license MCC’s Butene-to-crude technology used in the petrochemical industry.

MCC has developed this state-of-the art oxidative dehydrogenation technology of n-butene to produce crude butadiene and verified the viability in a demonstration plant at MCC Mizushima, Japan.

Butadiene is an important industrial chemical used in many day-to-day products, mainly as synthetic rubber for the automotive industry. Butadiene can also be used as a raw material for the production of products such as polymers, plastics and paper chemicals.

Air Liquide E&C can now offer its customers a unique integrated solution for both, butene dehydrogenation and butadiene extraction. This allows to extend the production of butadiene from the conventional extraction from a Naphtha Cracker product to on purpose production based on a wider range of feedstocks.

Air Liquide E&C is a worldwide recognised butadiene licensor with 37 references and it’s capabilities in custom-made design and engineering of butadiene units have been recognised as a benchmark in the industry, providing production reliability, low energy consumption and product quality.

Domenico D’Elia Vice-President and Chairman of Air Liquide E&C, said, “Partnership with MCC is yet another important step to enhance our integrated offer in butadiene technology licensing. The combination of high-quality solutions in addition to our existing technology portfolio will create sustainable alternative production routes to our customers and create value over the long-term.”

MCC takes its position as one of the world’s top chemical companies and has a long history, not only as a high quality petrochemical products manufacturer, but also as a licensor for reliable petrochemical technologies and a broad range of high performing catalysts.