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Clariant Catalysts & Lummus Technology expand CATOFIN® footprint with India’s first PDH plant

Clariant's high-performance CATOFIN catalysts for selective dehydrogenation. 
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  • GAIL (India) Limited to build the country’s first propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant with CATOFIN technology
  • CATOFIN catalysts and technology are quickly becoming a popular choice for PDH globally
  • Benefits include significantly higher productivity, reliability, and return on investment

Munich, October 21, 2021 – Clariant Catalysts and its process partner, Lummus Technology, continue to expand their presence in the PDH market with a major contract award in India. GAIL (India) Ltd. has chosen Lummus Technology’s CATOFIN process and Clariant’s tailor-made catalysts for India’s first PDH plant. Its upcoming 500 kiloton per annum propane dehydrogenation facility in Usar, Maharashtra, will be integrated with a downstream polypropylene (PP) unit. The US$1.2 billion PDH-PP project is expected to start operations by 2024.

Since 2017, CATOFIN Technology has now been selected for a majority of new PDH awards globally, representing 32 new PDH plants, or more than 22 million metric tons of propylene annually.

Stefan Heuser, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Clariant Catalysts, stated, “We are extremely proud of the ever-increasing global demand for CATOFIN – and we couldn’t have achieved this without our long-time partner, Lummus Technology. Thanks to our collaboration, we are able to offer GAIL (India) Ltd excellent performance and profitability by combining the best of PDH expertise with catalyst innovation.”

Leon de Bruyn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lummus Technology, also commented, “Getting the first PDH award in India is very exciting, considering the anticipated growth of the petrochemicals market here. This award displays the innovative strength of the partnership between Lummus and Clariant. Lummus is grateful to GAIL for getting selected and is committed to providing one of the best PDH technologies that offers a reliable, optimized and low-carbon route to propylene.”

CATOFIN technology is a highly reliable and productive method for light paraffin dehydrogenation. The process operates at thermodynamically advantaged reactor pressure and temperature to maximize conversion of propane to propylene, while reducing investment and operating costs. Selectivity and yield are further enhanced with Clariant’s Heat Generating Material (HGM), its metal-oxide innovation which produces heat and drives the dehydrogenation reaction.

Thanks to its high reliability and productivity, CATOFIN delivers excellent annual production output compared to alternative technologies.

These performance advantages were key to GAIL India’s decision to select CATOFIN technology and catalysts after an international competitive bidding process.

GAIL India Ltd is the country’s largest natural gas company, and one of seven Maharatna Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) under the Government of India. Founded in 1984, the Delhi-based company operates in India and abroad in various segments such as transmission services, natural gas, petrochemicals, liquefied petroleum gas and other liquid hydrocarbons.


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