BP have licensed Sasol their Innovene polypropylene process technology. Sasol will use the technology in their expansion of their Secunda polypropylene plant in South Africa.
The new plant will have an annual a capacity of 300,000 tonnes and is due to commence production in 2006. It will have the ability to produce homopolymers, random copolymers and impact copolymers.
Advantages of the Innovene process over other processes include low capital cost, operating costs and product capabilities. The horizontal plug flow reactor configuration is a key element of the system, providing rapid product transitions and contributing to a high degree of product quality and consistency.
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