Air Liquide has signed a long-term agreement with Borealis to receive the hydrogen (H2) by-product of the dehydrogenation process associated with propylene production.
Austria-based Borealis, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, has taken the final investment decision for a new, world-scale propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant, after successfully concluding the ‘FEED study’ in June 2018. The facility will be located at the existing Borealis production site in Kallo (Antwerp), Belgium. The plant is scheduled to start up in the first half of 2022.
The PDH plant will have a targeted production capacity of 750,000 tonne per year, making it one of the largest and most efficient facilities in the world.
Borealis will use Honeywell UOP’s Oleflex™ technology for the new plant, which is a widely used, reliable and sustainable choice for on-purpose propylene production. Propylene is one of the most important building blocks for the entire chemical industry, in which the plastic polypropylene has strong growth figures worldwide.
Oiltanking Antwerp Gas Terminal will be the long-term logistics partner for the handling of propylene and the raw material propane and will construct a new 135,000 m³ propane storage tank. The H2 that is a by-product of the dehydrogenation process will be sold to Air Liquide under a long-term agreement.