Clariant catalyst sets production record at Baofeng Energy’s methanol plant

Clariant’s methanol synthesis catalyst, MegaMax 800, has demonstrated its performance at the methanol synthesis plant in the by-produced coke oven gas to olefin project of Ningxia Baofeng Energy Group Co. Ltd.

The 1.5 million tpy methanol unit was loaded for the first time with the MegaMax 800 catalyst in June 2018. The excellent catalytical performance enabled Baofeng Energy to increase the plant load to 117% design capacity producing 3.7 million t of MTO (methanol to olefin) grade methanol in total. This resulted in an increased methanol yield of 160 000 t compared with previous operation performance.

Stefan Heuser, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Clariant Catalysts stated: “We are very proud that MegaMax 800 performed so extremely well in Baofeng’s methanol synthesis plant in the by-produced coke oven gas to olefin project. We had promised to help Baofeng Energy improve their process efficiency through our innovative solution, and we delivered.”

In a statement, Clariant said that the catalyst exhibited excellent activity at low operating temperatures. The average inlet temperature was 19°C lower at the same steam drum pressure. It also outperformed in carbon efficiency; both inlet and outlet carbon monoxide concentrations were lower by 4 – 6 points while using similar make-up gas.

Chaoshan Yi, Chief Engineer of Baofeng Energy Group, added: “We were very pleased with the results of the catalyst’s performance, especially the high activity which sets the foundation for the higher yield of the methanol plant. This is the most important reason why we decided to continue with MegaMax 800 and reordered the catalyst for our new load this year.”

Source: Hydrocarbon Engineering 

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