Clariant Signs Cooperation Agreement to Implement SNG Plant and Catalysts in China

  • Catalysts business to strengthen Clariant’s position in Chinese coal-to chemicals and fuels industry
  • Long-term agreement signed with Wison Engineering and Foster Wheeler
  • Clariant to equip pilot plant for VESTA substitute natural gas (SNG) technology

Muttenz, June 13, 2013 – Clariant, a world leader in Specialty Chemicals, today announced that it has signed a long-term cooperation agreement with Wison Engineering Ltd and a subsidiary in Foster Wheeler’s Global Engineering and Construction Group, to equip a pilot plant for demonstration of Foster Wheeler’s VESTA substitute natural gas (SNG) technology with catalysts of Clariant. The pilot plant will be constructed in China and is planned to go on-stream during 2013.

Foster Wheeler’s VESTA SNG technology is a novel methanation technology to produce SNG from synthesis gas obtained from gasification of either coal or petroleum coke. The VESTA technology is based on once-through operation with no recirculation, avoiding expensive compressors. The technology is based on a maximum operating temperature of 550 °C, avoiding any metal dusting formation and enabling simpler reactors to be used. The technology can operate with syngas from any commercial gasification technology. The VESTA technology is designed to be simple and safe to operate and to be implemented at a low total investment cost.

The agreement also sets out a framework for a long-term cooperation to deliver and build methanation plants based on VESTA technology in China, the world’s largest SNG market. Under this agreement, Clariant will supply the proprietary developed catalyst, Wison Engineering will provide engineering and construction services and Foster Wheeler will license the technology.

Clariant’s catalysts have been instrumental in enabling new process technologies and efficiency improvements for converting coal to chemicals and petrochemical building blocks e.g. ammonia, methanol and olefins. Stefan Heuser, Head of Clariant’s Business Unit Catalysts, states: “The exciting SNG technology provides optimized solutions to secure future clean energy in China. We are very pleased to have Wison Engineering with its outstanding reputation and impressive recent development to join Clariant and Foster Wheeler as our strong partner in China.”

Wison Engineering is one of the leading EPC service providers in China with significant project execution experience in the petrochemicals and oil refining industries. “By leveraging Forster Wheeler’s global expertise and technological strength as well as Clariant’s strong innovation in catalyst technology, we’ll continue to build up our capabilities in coal-to-chemical sector and will be well positioned to seize the favorable market opportunities in the domestic and overseas markets”, said Mr. Liu Haijun, Senior Vice President of Wison Engineering.

”We are extremely pleased to announce this cooperation agreement with Clariant and Wison Engineering. Focused on China, the world’s largest SNG market, this agreement is an important first step in establishing our ability to address the global SNG market. ” said Umberto della Sala, president and chief operating officer, Foster Wheeler AG.

Foster Wheeler AG is a global engineering and construction company and power equipment supplier delivering technically advanced, reliable facilities and equipment to a broad range of industries world-wide.

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Clariant is a globally leading specialty chemicals company, based in Muttenz near Basel/Switzerland. On December 31, 2012 the company employed a total workforce of 21,202. In the financial year 2012, Clariant recorded sales of CHF 6.038 billion for its continuing businesses. The company reports in four business areas: Care Chemicals, Catalysis & Energy, Natural Resources, Plastics & Coatings. Clariant’s corporate strategy is based on four pillars: managing businesses for profitability, research & development and innovation, growth in emerging markets, and repositioning of the portfolio.

Wison Engineering Ltd is an indirect non-wholly owned subsidiary of Wison Engineering Services Co. Ltd. (HKEx: 02236)]. Wison Engineering Services Co. Ltd is the largest private sector chemical engineering, procurement and construction management (“EPC”) service provider in China. The Group specializes in the provision of construction and technical services for engineering installations in the petrochemicals, coal-to-chemicals and oil refining industries. From project planning and consultation to design, procurement and construction phase project management, as well as start-up and operational services, the Group provides one-stop solutions to domestic and foreign client. The Company was listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited on December 28, 2012. (Stock code: 2236.)

Foster Wheeler AG is a global engineering and construction company and power equipment supplier delivering technically advanced, reliable facilities and equipment. The company employs approximately 13,000 talented professionals with specialized expertise dedicated to serving its clients through one of its two primary business groups. The company’s Global Engineering and Construction Group designs and constructs leading-edge processing facilities for the upstream oil and gas, LNG and gas-to-liquids, refining, chemicals and petrochemicals, power, mining and metals, environmental, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare industries. The company’s Global Power Group is a world leader in combustion and steam generation technology that designs, manufactures and erects steam generating and auxiliary equipment for power stations and industrial facilities and also provides a wide range of aftermarket services. The company is based in Zug, Switzerland, and its operational headquarters office is in Reading, United Kingdom.