Massive coal-to-chemical plant on Chinese cards

A “WORLD-scale” coal-to-chemical complex in China’s Shaanxi Province took a step closer to reality this week with US company Dow Chemical and Chinese coal giant Shenhua Group agreeing to undertake a detailed feasibility study.

Staff Reporter

The project will use “clean coal” technologies that convert coal to methanol to produce ethylene and propylene, the building blocks to make various plastics and chemical products.

The complex will include a chlor-alkali unit, enabling the output of products such as caustic soda, vinyl chloride monomer and chlorinated organics.

Other derivative products being planned for the complex include glycols, amines, solvents, surfactants, acrylic acid and derivatives and propylene derivatives.

The feasibility study, expected to take two years, will include an environmental impact assessment, water supply, front-end loading engineering design, market and product mix, logistics and supply chain, and economic evaluation.

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