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Chemical, 2011-06-22, 10:17 AM

Contract for propylene oxide plant based on Evonik-Uhde process for Chinese Province of Jilin

During the visit of a high-ranking delegation headed by Wang Rulin, Governor of the Chinese Province of Jilin on 16 June 2011 in Essen, representatives of Uhde, Evonik and the delegation signed a non-exclusive licence for the construction and operation of an HPPO (hydrogen peroxide propylene oxide) plant at Jilin in north-east China. Uhde’s scope of services will include key parts of the engineering design, supply of equipment and plant erection and commissioning support.

“This contract demonstrates the competitiveness of the innovative, co-product-free HPPO process in a key market for the chemical industry. The licensing proves that environment-friendly processes are becoming increasingly important and making a crucial contribution to the improvement of plant efficiency and observance of environmental standards,” said Alfred Hoffmann, the Executive Board member responsible for Technologies.

The licensing agreement will allow a joint venture which to be formed between Jilin Shenhua and Jilin North Chemical Company (JNCC) to build a plant for the production of 300,000 tonnes of propylene oxide based on a process developed by Uhde and Evonik. Propylene oxide is a raw material for polyurethane foams, which are used for insulation in the building industry, for upholstering comfortable furniture and for automotive lightweight construction.

The advantages of the HPPO process lie in the much lower investment volume, which therefore makes the process more cost-effective than conventional propylene oxide production processes. The HPPO process is also extremely environment-friendly: it has a high yield and apart from water only negligible amounts of by-products are produced. The world’s first HPPO plant came on-stream in Ulsan, South Korea, in 2008.

Uhde has a workforce of more than 4,500 employees worldwide and is a company in the Plant Technology business area of the thyssenkrupp Group. The company's activities focus on the engineering and construction of chemical and other industrial plants in the following fields: fertilisers; electrolysis; gas technologies; oil, coal, and residue gasification; refining technologies; organic intermediates, polymers and synthetic fibres; and also coke plant and highpressure technologies. We also provide our customers with professional services and comprehensive solutions in all areas of industrial plant operation. Details are available at

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