Linde Expands in China

Linde Expands in China

Author: ChemistryViews

The Linde Group is set to build and operate a new hydrogen plant in the Jilin Chemical Industrial Park (JCIP), Northeast China. The plant is expected to come on stream by the end of 2013, it will use steam methane reforming (SMR) to produce 25,000 normal m3 H2/h, supplying several companies in the chemical complex with high-purity hydrogen. JCIP is home to the production facilities run by Evonik Industries and Jishen, a joint venture between the PetroChina Jilin Beifang Chemical Group and the Jilin Shenhua Group.

Linde will be investing around EUR 42 million in the first phase of this new project. The plant will be built by Linde’s Engineering Division and operated by its Gases Division. In addition, Linde will set up a subsidiary, Linde Gases Jilin, to focus on further expanding the gas supply infrastructure in and around the JCIP chemical complex.

Chemical companies Jishen, Evonik Industries and Huntsman are investing around EUR 390 million in total to construct a chemical hub in Jilin that will produce high-pressure propylene oxide (HPPO). Evonik is building a 230 kta hydrogen peroxide plant to supply Jishen’s 300 kta HPPO plant. Jishen will then supply the HPPO to Huntsman for its polyol plant.

The chemical hub will produce the building blocks for polyurethane plastics which are used to make a wide variety of products such as fibres, shoe soles, foam insulation, adhesives, mattresses, and car seats.

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