Total and the Chinese energy group China Power Investment Corporation (CPI) have ...

Total and the Chinese energy group China Power Investment Corporation (CPI) have unveiled plans to build a coal-based petrochemical plant in China. Total will bring to the partnership its expertise in the methanol-to-olefins (MTO) and the olefin cracking process (OCP) technology that Total Petrochemicals has tested extensively at its purpose-built semi-commercial plant in Feluy, Belgium. The company will also study solutions on how to capture and store carbon dioxide using the know-how gained from its pilot project in Lacq, France. The proposed 1mn t/y polyolefins facility will be based on methanol produced from the gasification of coal. Due to start production after 2015, it is estimated that the project will cost between €2bn and €3bn. The MTO technology allows the production of propylene and ethylene from methanol, which can be obtained from various feedstocks such as natural gas, coal or biomass. In combination with the OCP process, it allows a very high yield of polyolefin production. CPI is one of the five biggest energy producers in China, with a particularly strong position in coal mining and transformation of coal into energy. It is one of the most innovative power companies in China, committed to sustainable development with significant investments on renewables, such as wind power and photovoltaic. It also has two new nuclear power plants under construction and is actively promoting the next generation of clean coal power stations in the country.

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