By Cameron Chai
Badger Licensing, a joint venture between Alkylation Licensing and Badger Technology Holdings, has been chosen by Shanghai Sinopec Mitsui Chemicals (SSMC) in order to offer its own technology for constructing a cumene plant in Shanghai.
SSMC is a joint venture between Mitsui Chemicals and China Petroleum & Chemical (Sinopec). The capacity of the cumene plant is 332,500 Mt per year. License to the technology, design of the process and start-up services are included in the contract.
The company has planned to complete the mechanical operations at the new cumene plant and start the production during 2013. Integration of this new plant will be done with the phenol plant, which is presently being built at the same location. Sinopec operates another phenol/ cumene plant in China that also employs the proprietary cumene technology of Badger.
According to Badger’s President, Mark Healey, Mitsui and Sinopec play a main role in the phenolics industry. With the SSMC joint venture, these two companies have licensed the cumene technology of Badger four times, wherein it is clear that the company’s licensees experience a superior level of customer satisfaction. Badger expects to continue its partnership with Mitsui, Sinopec and SSMC for this project.
Badger and its precursors have licensed cumene potential of over 9 MMT.