Technology

Technology

INEOS Nitriles have two world leading technologies covering Acrylonitrile and Maleic Anhydride.

Acrylonitrile

INEOS’ patented acrylonitrile process technology is the established world leader, used in over 95% of the world’s acrylonitrile plants.

Maleic Anhydride

INEOS is the recognized world leader in fluid-bed reactor technology for the production of maleic anhydride.

Acrylonitrile

  • summary

    INEOS’ patented acrylonitrile process technology is the established world leader, used in over 95% of the world’s acrylonitrile plants. In addition, INEOS manufactures and markets world leading Acrylonitrile catalysts.  The INEOS process and catalysts are recognized as delivering highest conversions of raw materials to useful products, while maintaining on-stream plant reliability factors in excess of 98%. INEOS sets the standard for safe and low cost production of acrylonitrile and co-products.

    Acknowledging the significance of the technology, the American Chemical Society has designated INEOS’ “Sohio Acrylonitrile Process” a National Historic Chemical Landmark. Indeed our knowledge and technical support is provided by experts drawing upon over 50 years of global industry experience.

    This extensive experience and understanding makes INEOS the leader in designing reactor/catalyst systems with better yields, fewer shutdowns, and fewer environmental problems than any other technology supplier.

  • Catalyst

    INEOS manufactures and markets leading catalysts used in the production of acrylonitrile.

    Since the introduction of the revolutionary fluid-bed catalyst system for the manufacture of acrylonitrile in 1960, INEOS has developed and commercialized numerous improved catalysts, offering our customers high yields and efficiencies. 

    Primary attributes of INEOS’ Acrylonitrile Catalyst technology include:

    • High AN yields
    • High co-product HCN yield
    • High propylene conversion
    • Over 50 years of demonstrated R&D success
    • New catalyst developments compatible with all  AN plants
    • Stable performance and operational flexibility

Maleic Anhydride

  • summary

    INEOS is the recognized world leader in fluid-bed reactor technology for the production of maleic anhydride. Since the 1980s, through its Amoco and BP/Sohio parentage, INEOS’ maleic anhydride fluid-bed reactor and catalyst technologies have been utilized in plants ranging from 15 ktpa to greater than 80 ktpa; demonstrating safe, stable and efficient operating performance.

    The INEOS fluid-bed maleic anhydride technology offers robust, proven technology using extremely efficient catalyst resulting in low cost, high reliability operation. The advantages of INEOS’ fluid-bed MAN technology will translate into a process offering the lowest overall operating cost, higher reliability, and premium product purity.

    The INEOS Maleic Anhydride Technology is feedstock and energy efficient. It is a net exporter of steam. The process technology allows for a wide variance in operation and/or design. Typical turndown capability is 60% of the design butane feed rate. Accordingly, it may be possible to stage capital investments to respond to expected market demand changes.

    As the world’s largest and preeminent licensor of petrochemical fluid-bed reactor technology, INEOS maintains world-class research and development efforts in the areas of catalysis, process chemistry, and engineering design.

  • Catalyst

    INEOS offers both fixed and fluid bed catalysts for the production of maleic anhydride. Today, INEOS offers its latest generation catalysts for maleic anhydride producers, FV-300 for fluid-bed and MANCAT-VII for fixed-bed.

    INEOS produces its maleic anhydride catalysts in its wholly-owned and operated manufacturing facility, and markets the catalysts to producers worldwide.

    The catalyst offering includes the following attributes:

    • In the case of fluid-bed catalyst, and with the proper addition of make-up catalyst, no need for periodic plant shutdowns associated with catalyst change-outs and lengthy reactor loading/unloading activities
    • High, stable butane-to-MAN yields
    • Over 30 years of demonstrated R&D and commercial success in the industry, including ongoing R&D activities to identify improved catalysts that will offer customers enhanced product yields
    • Ongoing technical support to customers worldwide