DES PLAINES, Ill.—UOP L.L.C. will begin to license TPC Group Inc's proprietary OXO-D technology to produce butadiene.
The OXO-D technology has been operated for more than 40 years, commercially converting butene to butadiene for the production of synthetic rubber used in tire and other applications.
“We believe our OXO-D technology is the most efficient, competitive and commercially proven technology in the world for the on-purpose production of butadiene,” said Mike White, senior vice president of operations and technology for TPC Group. “We look forward to working jointly with UOP to continue to advance our leading on-purpose butadiene technology through UOP's depth of knowledge and experience as a licensor within our industry.”
Butadiene production is not keeping up with demand because of changes in refining and petrochemical production in recent years, according to Pete Piotrowski, senior vice president and general manager of UOP's Process Technology and Equipment business unit. “This ‘butadiene gap' can be closed with new technologies to produce on-purpose butadiene,” he said.