BAYEGAN to build Türkiye’s first integrated PDH and PP complex with Lummus technology

BAYEGAN, a leading petrochemical company in Türkiye, has announced that it will license Lummus Technology’s CATOFIN® and Novolen® technologies for a new integrated propane dehydrogenation (PDH) and polypropylene (PP) complex. The complex will be located in the Hatay Province of Türkiye, and will have a capacity of 450,000 tons per year (KTA) for both PDH and PP units. This will be Lummus’ first integrated PDH and PP complex in the country, and will help Türkiye reduce its polymer imports and meet the growing demand for polymer products.

What are PDH and PP technologies?

PDH is a process that converts propane, a by-product of natural gas processing and crude oil refining, into propylene, a valuable feedstock for the production of plastics and other chemicals. PP is a thermoplastic polymer that is widely used in various applications, such as packaging, automotive, textiles, medical, and consumer goods.

Lummus Technology is a global provider of process technologies and value-driven energy solutions, with a portfolio of technologies in clean fuels, renewables, petrochemicals, polymers, gas processing, and more. Lummus’ CATOFIN and Novolen technologies are industry-leading solutions for PDH and PP production, respectively.

CATOFIN is a method for light paraffin dehydrogenation that delivers excellent annual production output compared to alternative technologies. The process operates at thermodynamically advantaged reactor pressure and temperature to maximize conversion of propane to propylene, while reducing investment and operating costs.

Novolen is the industry’s leading polypropylene technology and can deliver a sustainable route for polymers production, while maximizing the financial benefits of operations through lower CAPEX and OPEX. The technology is highly flexible, robust, energy efficient and allows production of a full grade slate of leading polypropylene products of all product families, including homopolymers, random copolymers and terpolymers.

Why did BAYEGAN choose Lummus?

BAYEGAN is a company that aims to contribute to the development of the petrochemical industry in Türkiye and the region, by investing in innovative and environmentally friendly projects. BAYEGAN’s vision is to become a leading producer and supplier of high-quality polymers and chemicals, and to create value for its stakeholders and society.

BAYEGAN selected Lummus for its integrated PDH and PP complex because of the proven performance, reliability, and robustness of Lummus’ technologies, as well as the lower capital and operating expenses, environmental performance, flexibility and broad product capability and simple processes that they offer.

“We are excited to partner with BAYEGAN on this critical investment, which will help Türkiye meet the market demand for high-quality polymers and reduce the country’s dependance on polymer imports,” said Romain Lemoine, Chief Business Officer of Polymers and Petrochemicals, Lummus Technology. “Integrating our CATOFIN and Novolen technologies will provide reliability and robustness, lower capital and operating expenses, environmental performance, flexibility and broad product capability and simple processes.”

Lummus’ scope includes the technology license for the PDH and PP technologies, basic design engineering, advisory services and training. Once complete, the PDH unit will produce the propylene feedstock for the PP unit, which will produce semifinished products for a broad spectrum of applications in the consumer and industrial markets.

What are the benefits of the integrated PDH and PP complex?

The integrated PDH and PP complex will bring several benefits to BAYEGAN, Türkiye, and the region, such as:

  • Reducing Türkiye’s polymer imports and trade deficit, as Türkiye currently imports about 70% of its polymer demand.
  • Meeting the growing demand for polymer products in Türkiye and the region, as the polymer consumption in Türkiye is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6% from 2020 to 2025.
  • Creating employment opportunities and economic development in the Hatay Province and the surrounding areas, as the complex will generate about 1,500 direct and indirect jobs during the construction phase, and about 300 permanent jobs during the operation phase.
  • Enhancing the competitiveness and innovation of the petrochemical industry in Türkiye and the region, by using state-of-the-art technologies and producing high-quality and diverse polymer products.
  • Improving the environmental performance and sustainability of the petrochemical industry in Türkiye and the region, by using energy-efficient and low-emission technologies and producing recyclable and biodegradable polymer products.

The following table summarizes the main features and benefits of the integrated PDH and PP complex:

Feature Benefit
Capacity 450 KTA for both PDH and PP units
Location Hatay Province, Türkiye
Technology Lummus’ CATOFIN for PDH and Novolen for PP
Products Propylene and polypropylene of various grades and families
Investment About $1.2 billion
Completion Expected by 2027
Import reduction About 450 KTA of polymer imports
Demand growth About 5.6% CAGR of polymer consumption
Employment About 1,500 jobs during construction and 300 jobs during operation
Innovation State-of-the-art technologies and high-quality and diverse polymer products
Environment Energy-efficient and low-emission technologies and recyclable and biodegradable polymer products

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