The client has selected London-based Davy Process Technology, in co-operation with Union Carbide Corporation, to license its proprietary LP OXO process
technology for the unit.
N-butanol is an oxo alcohol which is majorly derived from propylene and syngas by oxo process
The decision to build the new plant was announced in October 1999 when Sasol reached an agreement with Davy Process Technology (DPT) to license its Low Pressure Oxo process
technology to enable the production of alcohols from the longer-chain alpha olefin components available.
Our low-pressure oxo process
provides lower capital and operating costs and improves product mix, helping maintain our leadership in these businesses.
Included will be Union Carbide's Meteor Process, recognized worldwide as the leading ethylene oxide/glycol production technology; the LP Oxo Process
, acknowledged as the premier technology in the production of butanol and other oxo alcohols; and state-of-the-art, proprietary ethoxylation and alkoxylation technology for the manufacture of surfactants, ethanolamines and polyethylene and polyalkylene glycols.
The oxo process
is based on a new rhodium catalyst system that improves operating costs and product mix while lowering investment costs.
The Union Carbide/Kvaerner LP Oxo Process
today accounts for about 60 percent of the world's production of propylene-derived oxo products.
Both will employ state-of-the-art oxo process
These include butanol and other oxo process
derivatives, and new Unipol Process capacity for ethylene/propylene rubber and other elastomers.
The new oxo unit will be capable also of using propylene feedstock to produce 2-ethylhexanol (2EH), the world's most widely used application of the low-pressure oxo process