Skip to main content

Propane Dehydrogenation

HIGH PERFORMANCE CATOFIN CATALYSTs

CATOFIN® is a globally leading catalyst technology for producing olefins such as propylene, isobutylene, and normal butylene/butadiene. Due to its excellent productivity and high reliability, CATOFIN technology has been chosen for numerous dehydrogenation plants worldwide.

The gap between propylene demand and supply is growing. Over the last decade, the advent of shale gas has changed the olefin market. Cracker operators choose lighter feeds and are producing less propylene; this has led to increased demand for on-purpose propylene production. Propane Dehydrogenation (PDH) is among the fastest growing technologies due to lower costs and greater availability of propane feedstock.

Plants using CATOFIN

Clariant Infographic Catofin Catalysts Worldmap 1188x757 20220601 EN

Adding Customer Value

UNIQUE PERFORMANCE Benefits you

Clariant_Icon_Performance_cropped_072020
Clariant_Icon_Reliability_cropped_072020
Clariant_Icon_ROI_cropped_072020

HIGHER PRODUCTION

Robust catalyst with higher selectivity and reliability allow for more output

EXCELLENT RELIABILITY

Superior operability with fast start-up time, in-situ de-coking, and reduced maintenance

LARGE ECONOMIES OF SCALE

Catofin technology allows for large economies of scale and higher returns on investment
up to 110%
of production capacity

 

up to 98%
on-stream factor

 

1000+ kta
plant capacities possible

 

“CATOFIN technology and catalysts were selected based on their excellent resource efficiency and process reliability, which will enable us to realize our sustainable strategy in the coming decades.”
– Rob Ingram, CEO INEOS Europe Group AG (Source: Clariant Media Release Oct 2018)
Clariant Photo CATOFIN HGM Catalysts 570x363 20201124

Continuous innovation

Breaking production barriers

Clariant’s Heat Generating Material (HGM) is an innovative metal-oxide which is specifically designed to significantly increase selectivity and yields of Catofin units. HGM is loaded into the catalyst bed with the catalyst, where it undergoes oxidation and reduction during the operating cycle, producing heat and driving the dehydrogenation reaction.

 

Your benefits using our HGM innovation:

  • Selectivity improvement up to 3%
  • Increased energy savings
  • Reduced emissions 

High Efficiency

CATOFIN TECHNOLOGY AND CATALYSTS

The highly efficient CATOFIN process operates at optimum reactor pressure and temperature to maximize catalytic dehydrogenation of propane and isobutane for high yields of propylene and isobutylene at low investment and operating costs.

The technology, which uses fixed-bed reactors, is exclusively licensed by our renowned process partner, Lummus Technology, while the tailor-made catalysts are supplied by Clariant.

Clariant_Image_CATOFIN_PDH_Plant_072020

Learn more about CATOFIN

Download File

News

May 25, 2022
Clariant and Lummus awarded contract for one of the world’s largest PDH units
May 25, 2022
Clariant and its process partner Lummus have been awarded a major contract by Fujian Meide to supply CATOFIN technology and catalysts for a new, world-scale propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit in Fuzhou, China. Already operating one PDH unit at its Fuzhou petrochemical complex, Fujian Meide is now building one of the largest PDH units in the world and has selected the CATOFIN process and catalysts for the project’s second phase. The new unit will produce 900,000 metric tons of propylene annually and is scheduled to commence operation in 2023. more
April 13, 2022
Clariant increases prices across its Catalysts business portfolio
April 13, 2022
Effective immediately, or as contracts permit, Clariant will implement price increases across its Catalysts portfolio. more
Any Questions?
CONTACT US