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Sumitomo Chemical has agreed to license its propylene oxide (PO) production technology to leading state-owned Indian oil company Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL).

Petrotahlil :BPCL is currently conducting front-end engineering design and detailed engineering studies for the new PO and polyol plants adjacent to its refinery complex at Kochi, in the southern state of Kerala.

The PO production unit will have an annual capacity of 300 kilotonnes and is set for completion in 2022, Sumitomo announced 19 Aug.

Sumitomo Chemical's PO technology is based on a PO-only process in which, with cumene recycling, co-product free PO is manufactured.

The technology, combined with Sumitomo’s proprietary high-performance epoxidation catalyst, offers a high PO yield, superior energy efficiency and remarkable stability in plant operation, according to Sumitomo.

The technology has already been employed at Sumitomo Chemical's Chiba Works in Japan and Petro Rabigh in Saudi Arabia.

It was also licensed to S-OIL Corp. of South Korea for a new plant with a production capacity of 300 kilotonnes per annum (ktpa), which came on stream in 2018.

The Japanese company has also licensed the technology to PTT Global’s subsidiary in Thailand, which is currently building a 200ktpa plant set for completion in 2020.

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