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CATALYST-ASSISTED PRODUCTION OF OLEFINS FROM NATURAL GAS LIQUIDS: PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT AND FULL-SCALE TESTING

Lyondell Chemical Company - Newtown Square, PA

An innovative catalytic coating material could significantly reduce surface deposits on ethylene steam cracker furnace coils. As ethylene production is the largest user of energy in the chemical industry, a 6 to 10% reduction in energy consumption per plant would save an estimated 20-35 trillion Btu annually. The proposed technology can be installed during the normal maintenance cycle and with the growing availability of shale gas, has the potential to help the United States maintain its global leadership in olefins production.