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GE Compressor Equipment for Chinese Projects

Posted on April 5, 2007

GE Oil & Gas has been selected to supply compressor trains for two milestone projects in China that will feature the world’s largest coal-based propylene plants. The two projects are Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group’s plant in the Ningxia province of western China; and Datang International Power Generation Co. Ltd.’s facility in Xilinguola, Inner Mongolia. Both complexes will produce approximately 500 000 tons of polypropylene per year from coal when they enter commercial service in early 2009.

These will be the world’s first commercial-scale plants based on Lurgi AG’s new MTP (Methanol-to-Propylene) technology for the production of propylene from coal. Propylene is a major commodity in the petrochemical industry, used primarily for the production of polypropylene, a thermoplastic polymer used in a variety of applications.

“We welcome the challenge of supplying compressor trains for these projects, including a syngas/recycle gas compressor train for the 5,000 ton-per-year Shenhua Ningxia methanol plant, the largest capacity commercially available in the world today,” said Claudi Santiago, GE Senior Vice President and President and CEO of GE Oil & Gas. “GE pioneered the use of centrifugal compressors in syngas applications, and our technology has continued to evolve through years of experience in ammonia and methanol processes.”

For the Shenhua Ningxia project, in addition to the syngas/recycle gas compressor train GE will supply a hydrocarbon compressor train, spare parts and training. The equipment will be manufactured at GE Oil & Gas facilities in Florence and Massa, Italy, and will be shipped to the project site in the third quarter of 2008.

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