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Total Confirms Methanol-to-Olefins Process; Begins Discussions with Potential Partners

6:51 AM MDT | July 1, 2010 | Natasha Alperowicz

Total Petrochemicals says it has successfully started up a methanol-to-olefins (MTO) demonstration plant at its research center at Feluy, Belgium. The company has been producing monomers at the facility for a few weeks and has already produced industrial quality polypropylene (PP) using propylene from the demonstration facility, says Eric Duchesne, head of the MTO project. The technology, co-developed with UOP and Hydro, "opens the way to a very efficient production of polyolefins based on methanol from alternative feedstocks such as coal, natural gas or...

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