Petrochemicals have been at the core of Technip activities for more than 50 years. Our experience covers master-planning, design and realization of a number of major, fully-integrated complexes as well as individual units worldwide.
From a technological point of view, the established alliances and privileged relationships with leading manufacturing companies and technology providers have been recently greatly complemented by the takeover of the Shaw E&C equity position in Badger Licensing LLC, a 50/50 JV with ExxonMobil, offering premier proprietary technologies in the styrenics and phenolics petrochemical chains.
Also noteworthy are the resources and capabilities associated with the research and development laboratories in Weymouth, Massachusetts, where new technologies are demonstrated and continuous improvements to the Badger technologies are developed and proven.
Range of Services
From conceptual studies through EPC, commissioning, startup and plant testing, Technip’s technological strengths and service capabilities reduce project and maintenance costs and increase profits for our clients. The integration and optimization of Refining and Petrochemicals operations is, in particular, benefitting from our proprietary technologies and vast realization experience in both of these industrial areas.
Petrochemical and Polymer Technologies and Alliances
The combination of proprietary technologies and alliance gives Technip a unique position in the petrochemical licensing arena for a number of interesting technologies.
Phenolics and Styrenics through Badger Licensing LLC
A 50/50 joint venture between affiliates of Technip and ExxonMobil, Badger Licensing LLC offers technologies in the area of phenolics to produce cumene and bisphenol-A (BPA); and in the area of styrenics to produce ethylbenzene and styrene.
Ethylbenzene: For more than 50 years, Badger and its legacy companies have offered technology and engineering design for production of ethylbenzene from polymer or chemical-grade ethylene. The latest generation, EBMAX™ technology provides advantages that include low operating cost and capital cost, high product purity, extended catalyst cycles and operating reliability. The technology can be applied in the design of grassroots units, upgrading of existing vapor phase or liquid phase technology plants, or conversion of earlier technology aluminum chloride units.
Styrene Monomer: Styrene, one of the most important monomers produced by the petrochemical industry, is the basic building block for the manufacturing of a broad range of plastics. For more than 50 years, Badger and its legacy companies have marketed styrene technology developed through the alliance of Total Petrochemicals and Technip. Badger-designed styrene plants have an industry-wide reputation for high operational reliability, superior performance and ease of expansion. The same alliance has developed additional innovative technologies such as Multi-Effect Distillation (MED), which reduces energy consumption for styrene monomer production by approximately 10%; Catalyst Stabilization Technology (CST), which cost effectively increases dehydro catalyst life; and Direct Heating Technology (DHU) which drives energy consumption even lower.
Cumene: Badger cumene technology has gained worldwide acceptance as the standard for production of cumene from benzene and propylene. Offering increased plant capacity, high product purity, low capital cost, feedstock flexibility and operating reliability, the technology can produce cumene from a variety of propylene sources including refinery, chemical and polymer grades. Badger has extended this technology to include Acetone-to-Cumene (ATC) Technology, which can utilize acetone instead of or in addition to propylene for the production of cumene.
Bisphenol A (BPA): Badger bisphenol A (BPA) technology produces a high-purity BPA product from phenol and acetone that is suitable for polycarbonate and epoxy resin applications. The process uses ion-exchange resin catalyst, and features proprietary purification technology.
Technip operates in this field through a non-exclusive worldwide partnership with Asahi-Kasei for their membrane cell process technology.
Purified Terephtalic Acid (PTA)
Technip features a unique and long lasting collaboration with BP (formerly Amoco) in the PTA domain. This business is fast growing, with almost a yearly 5% worldwide growth (especially in Asia), and drives the fibers/PET markets expansion.
BP PTA technology is the world’s leading edge technology, both in terms of total cost of ownership and single train capacity assets. Since 2000, Technip has been in a mutually exclusive collaboration with BP featuring a total of 20 projects totally about 8 million tons per year engineered for BP. The Alliance includes collaboration patterns within commercial projects (from investment inception, feasibility study to post-operation optimization) as well as technological and project execution developments in between each and every commercial investment by means of an extensive use of Value Improving Practices methodology. Recently, as a consequence of BP’s decision to license, Technip became as well the exclusive ISBL FEED provider to any prospective licensee selecting BP’s PTA technology.