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Axens will supply technology for Alpha-Olefins production to Baltic Chemical Plant

SEPTEMBER 15 - 2020
Axens will supply technology for Alpha-Olefins

"Baltic Chemical plant" LLC (LLC "BCP"), JSC RusGazDobycha subsidiary and Axens signed an agreement for the supply of alpha-olefins production technology for a project of construction of a gas chemical complex as part of an ethane-containing gas processing complex on the shore of the Gulf of Finland near Ust-Luga village, Leningrad Region.

With this agreement, Axens will provide AlphaButol® technology for the production of high purity 1-butene by ethylene dimerization and AlphaHexol™ for the production of high purity 1-hexene through ethylene trimerization. 1-butene and 1-hexene are used as co-monomers in the production of various types of polyethylene, including linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE).

1-butene will be produced at two units with a capacity of 60 thousand tons per year each. 1-hexene will be produced at one unit with a capacity of 50 thousand tons per year. Axens' obligations under the agreement include the transfer of the license, the process book, a number of chemicals ( catalysts, adsorbents), and proprietary equipment. In addition, according to the contract, training will be provided to the customer's employees and technical support.

“Work on the construction of a gas chemical complex, as part of an ethane-containing gas processing complex, is proceeding according to the schedule. Conclusion of an agreement for the supply of technology for the production of alpha-olefins is the completion of the next significant stage in the project. It is important that together with the license we also get access to Axens' global expertise” said Konstantin Makhov, General Director of "Baltic Chemical Complex" LLC.

“Alpha-olefins are key components for the production of polyethylene grades with added value to the petrochemical chain. Choosing Axens, LLC BCP gets the opportunity to use our strong experience in the field of homogeneous catalysis for the production of 1-butene by dimerizing ethylene using the AlphaButol® technology and targeted 1-hexene by trimerizing ethylene using the AlphaHexol™ technology. Axens is very excited to be part of this world-scale strategic project in Russia”- emphasized Olivier Callebert, Director for Gasoline and Petrochemicals Business Line, Process Licensing at Axens.


About LCC BCP
LLC "Baltic Chemical Complex" is the operator of the project for the construction of a gas chemical complex for the production of about 3 million tons of polyethylene per year. Gas chemical complex together with an integrated complex for processing and liquefying natural gas, as well as sea terminals for the shipment of commercial products make up the Ethane-Containing Gas Processing Complex - a joint project implemented by JSC RusGazDobycha and PJSC Gazprom. Existing long-term contracts guarantee the supply of feed for Ethane-Containing Gas Processing Complex for a period of at least 20 years.

About Axens
Axens is a group providing a complete range of solutions for the conversion of oil and biomass to cleaner fuels, the production and purification of major petrochemical intermediates as well as all of natural gas' treatment and conversion options. The offer includes technologies, equipment, furnaces, modular units, catalysts, adsorbents and related services. Axens is ideally positioned to cover the entire value chain, from feasibility study to unit start-up and follow-up throughout the entire unit cycle life. This unique position ensures the highest level of performance with a reduced environmental footprint. Axens global offer is based on highly trained human resources, modern production facilities and an extended global network for industrial, technical supports & commercial services. Axens is an IFP Group company.

Press contacts:
LLC "BCP": press@rusgasdob.ru
Axens: corinne.garriga@axens.net