Technip has been active in the field of petrochemicals and polymers for over 40 years. Our experience covers the design and construction of both major, fully-integrated complexes as well as individual units worldwide.
Technip's experience includes:
- 10 fully integrated petrochemical complexes
- Over 400 individual petrochemical units
- Over 140 aromatics units
- Over 110 intermediate product units
- More than 150 polymer units including 120 polyolefin units
From a technological point of view, the established alliances and privileged relationships with first ranking 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 Chemical Co., offering premier proprietary technologies in the styrenics and phenolics petrochemical chains. In addition the acquisition of Zimmer® technologies for polymer processes in polyamides and polyesters is based on more than 60 years of technological innovation.
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. In Frankfurt, Germany, we drive innovation in polymers by performing continuous R&D work on general plant concepts, process efficiencies, capacity adaptation and final product recipes.
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.
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.
Technip offers SABIC-IP's emulsion and mass ABS technologies for license. Recognized for strong health, safety and environmental compliance, the technologies are cost-competitive, reliable and have exceptional product capability. ABS is a thermoplastic used to make light, rigid, molded products for the electronics and automotive industries.
Technip operates in this field through a non-exclusive worldwide partnership with Asahi-Kasei for their membrane cell process technology.
Technip is the exclusive Licensing Support Contractor for all INEOS polyolefin technologies; a close relationship which has been developed together overthe last 30 years. Support to promotion and bidding, preparation of the Process Design Package (PDP) and post-PDP assistance during the EPC phase are provided by Technip for all the INEOS licensed projects.
INEOS Technology combined various licensing business heritages under the common Innovene™ brand name:
- Innovene™ G, polyethylene in gas phase, former BP licensing
- Innovene™ S, high density polyethylene in slurry phase, former Solvay process
- Innovene™ PP,polypropylene in horizontal agitated gas phase, former Amoco licensing
Innovene™ is now the new reference and INEOS among the leading licensors in today’s polyolefin technology licensing market.
For low density polyethylene production (LDPE), Technip is the exclusive Licensing Support Contractor for the SABIC Technologies LDPE Clean Tubular Reactor™. This simple, non-pulsing technology is renowned for the production of films of superior product quality.
Technip provides integration expertise, detailed engineering, proprietary equipment procurement and installation for manufacturing plants that make solar-grade polysilicon with a purity level of 99.99999%. Polysilicon is an important component of photovoltaic - or solar - technology, which converts sunlight into electric energy.
Polystyrene (GPPS / HIPS)
In addition to a 40-year alliance with Total in Styrene Monomer (see Badger below), Technip has formed an exclusive alliance with Total to jointly market and license Total’s general purpose polystyrene (GPPS)/high impact polystyrene (HIPS) technology on a worldwide basis. Technip licenses the technology to third parties, prepares technical offerings and Process Design Packages (PDP), and supports clients during project execution and plant operation. With more than 45 years of polystyrene manufacturing, licensing and research and development experience, Total provides the market with a state of the art technology to produce superior performance polymers well suited for a wide range of applications.
Technip is the exclusive Licensing Support Contractor for INEOS expandable polystyrene worldwide. Support to promotion and bidding, preparation of the Process Design Package (PDP) and post-PDP assistance during the EPC phase, are provided by Technip for all INEOS’ licensed projects.
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 double digit 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 is in a mutually exclusive collaboration with BP,featuring a total of 20 projects totaling about 8 million tons per year (Mtpa) engineered for BP (out of the 10 Mtpa - equivalent to 20% of the world capacity - operated by the client/owner).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 the BP's PTA technology.
Phenolics and Styrenics through Badger Licensing LLC
A 50/50 joint venture between affiliates of Technip and ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Badger Licensing LLC offers technology 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 30 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 40 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 an innovative technology called Multi-Effect Distillation (MED), which reduces energy consumption for styrene monomer production by approximately 10%.
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.
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.
For more information, visit Badger Licensing LLC.
Technip Zimmer® Polymer Technologies
Technip’s portfolio of Zimmer® technologies for polymer processes, based on more than 60 years of technological innovation, covers two main product families of polyamides and polyesters.
Our polyamide offer comprises two products or technologies. First we offer plants that produce Polyamide 6 (PA6) chips, which can subsequently be used for packaging (including PA6 Film), textiles and engineering plastics, and second, we offer plants which produce Polyamide 6.6 (PA6.6) chips, destined for textiles or engineering plastics purposes.
For polyesters, our portfolio includes three main technology applications. The first concerns plants producing polybutylenetherephthalate (PBT) chips needed for engineering plastics and textiles. The second one is designed for plants which produce polyethylenetherephthalate (PET) chips, for packaging (such as bottles), textiles and engineering plastics purposes. These plants also can be directly connected to spinning plants for the production of textiles and may be combined with our third technology for polyesters, designed for the production of staple fibres.
Polyamide 6 process with Lactam water recovery
Our Polyamide 6 continuous polymerization two-stage technology covers all stages from monomer melting to hydrolytic caprolactam polymerization, followed by chip production, extraction and drying.
This process allows for low residence times and results in a flexible production of medium-to high-viscous polymer for textile applications up to tire cord grade products.
In addition to our Polyamide 6 continuous polymerization process, our technology portfolio offers a unique multistage caprolactam water recovery system, the benefit of which is the recovery of high purity caprolactam. The recovered caprolactam has virgin caprolactam quality and can be used for the production of PA6 suitable for high speed textile spinning applications thereby increasing feedstock efficiency.
Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)
For a long time, the major raw materials used for polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) production were dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) and butanediol (BDO).
Technip proposes a continuous process based on Zimmer® technology where the DMT is substituted by terephthalic acid (PTA).
The benefits of PBT produced from PTA as opposed to DMT include less raw material consumption, a higher polycondensation speed, no methanol handling, and the production of tetrahydrofuran (THF), which is a highly valuable by-product.
Polyester (PET) continuous process
The key features of our continuous polycondensation plants that is based on Zimmer® technology for the production of PET are large capacities in one line and outstanding product quality. Due to optimized residence times, a low temperature profile and an optimized process cascading, our process achieves an efficient conversion of raw material and great product homogeneity.
For polyester packaging we offer a range of technology variants ready to meet customer needs: Direct High Intrinsic Viscosity (DHI) process, the conventional process with polycondensation and solid state postcondensation (SSP) or a conventional process with the latent heat crystallization are available. All of these processes offer the benefits of excellent product quality and low acetaldehyde (AA) content.
Our technology for the production of polyester film chips is based on Zimmer® technology, with a package that encompasses the production of film grade polyester, preparation and addition of additives, film waste recycling technology and special analysis.
For the production of high quality Polyester and Co-Polyester specialties up to 120 tons per day, we offer a batch process technology, whereas larger capacities can be addressed by a continuous process technology.
Polyester industrial yarn
For polyester industrial yarns we propose a direct melt route technology, which incorporates our double drive disc ring reactor (DDRR).
We also offer a chip route process, adjusted to customer needs, with a tumble dryer or a continuous SSP (solid state polycondensation) reactor.
Over the past 40 years, our Zimmer® staple fiber technology has constantly been improved, resulting in large direct spinning plants able to deliver excellent end product quality.
Staple fibers are produced in a two-stage process. The first is a continuous spinning process using the high productivity spinning system Zimmer® BN 100. This is followed by discontinuous fiber processing line for the production of all types of fibers for a wide range of applications.
Driving innovation in polymers
In our Frankfurt piloting facilities, we perform continuous R&D work on general plant concepts, process efficiency, capacity adaptation and final product recipes. Our experienced R&D colleagues maintain close contact with our customers to guide our common efforts along their special market requirements and applications. In addition, we are investing in sustainable technologies, e.g. bio polymers, new catalysts or recycle technologies.