China-based Fujian Meide Petrochemical Company has selected UOP’s C3 Oleflex technology to produce propylene from propane in the country.

The value of the contract was not disclosed.

Fujian Meide will use the C3 Oleflex process technology at its new unit at Fujian Meide’s facility in Fuzhou City, Fujian Province.

The new unit is expected to begin operations in 2015 and produce 660,000 metric tons of propylene.

Apart from the technology licensing, UOP will also provide engineering design, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, staff training, and technical service for the project.

The technology will help Fujian to convert propane into propylene, which is an essential ingredient in the production of materials like films and packaging.

UOP Process Technology and Equipment business unit senior vice president and general manager Pete Piotrowski said, "UOP’s Oleflex technology has been used extensively in China due to the region’s accelerated propylene demand."

According to market prediction, propylene consumption in China amounts to over 15% the world’s demand, and is growing at about 5% to 6% annually.

US-based Honeywell’s wholly-owned subsidiary UOP is a supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, process plants, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries.