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Huizhou Boeko Materials Co. Ltd., a leading player in the production of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), has selected Clariant and its process partner, Lummus Technology, to provide their CATOFIN catalyst and process technology for the dehydrogenation of isobutane at their new plant in Huizhou City, China. This marks the first time that Huizhou Boeko will license the CATOFIN technology at one of their sites.

The scope of the current award includes the technology license and basic engineering. Once complete, the plant will produce 550,000 tpy of net isobutylene, which will serve as feedstock for the downstream production of MTBE. The highly efficient CATOFIN process uses fixed-bed reactors and operates at optimum reactor pressure and temperature to maximize catalytic dehydrogenation of isobutane for high yields of isobutylene at low investment and operating costs.

Clariant’s Business President Catalysts and APAC, Jens Cuntze, expressed his delight about delivering their industry-leading CATOFIN catalyst to this first Huizhou Boeko plant. “We look forward to a fruitful partnership with Huizhou Boeko Materials Co. Ltd., as CATOFIN offers excellent reliability and productivity, yielding superior annual production output, which in turn leads to increased overall profitability for the plant,” he said.

This partnership between Clariant, Lummus Technology, and Huizhou Boeko Materials Co. Ltd., marks a significant advancement in catalyst and process technology for the dehydrogenation of isobutane. The collaboration aims to enhance efficiency and productivity in the production of isobutylene, supporting downstream processes in the production of MTBE. The selection of CATOFIN technology for this project demonstrates confidence in the reliability and performance of the catalyst and process technology provided by Clariant and Lummus Technology.

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