WR Grace & Co has contracted to license its UNIPOL® polypropylene (PP) process technology to Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC) for the integrated petrochemical complex at its Al-Zour refinery.
Expected to open in 2023, the facility is designed to produce 940 kilo tonnes per year of PP, including high-end homopolymer, random copolymer, and impact copolymer thermoplastic resins.
KIPIC is a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), Kuwait’s national oil company. A long-time Grace customer, KPC previously licensed UNIPOL PP process technology for an affiliate’s joint venture.
Grace's all gas-phase UNIPOL PP process technology provides the most advanced and broadest range of homopolymers, random copolymers, and impact copolymers in the industry. As the simplest of all PP process technologies, with fewer moving parts and less equipment than any alternative, its reliable, stable, and predictable operation leads to lower capital, operating, and maintenance costs.
Hashim Sayyid Hashim, CEO, KIPIC, said: “Our commitment to our customers is to make available a broad range of products that enable them to meet the increasingly complex needs of the end-user. We can do that with the UNIPOL PP technology, and remain extremely competitive at the same time.”
Al Beninati, president, specialty catalysts, Grace, said: “Grace is very pleased to expand our relationship with KPC with this licence at Al-Zour. Along with our 6th generation non-phthalate CONSISTA® catalysts and Grace’s leading tech support, I am confident that the new units will enable KIPIC to meet their production goals.”