Burckhardt Compression has signed a contract with Jiangsu Hongjing New Material Company Ltd. to equip three production lines for EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymers) and LDPE (low-density polyethylene) with three booster-primary and three hyper compressors. The petrochemical mega-plant that is currently being built in Lianyungang, China, will have an output of 600 kilotons per year of EVA/LDPE.
Highly demanding production
The production of EVA and LDPE is technically highly demanding and requires booster-primary and hyper compressors as key components. The hyper compressors are high-pressure reciprocating machines compressing ethylene with discharge pressure of up to 3,500 bar.
Polymers for various demands
EVA and LDPE are raw materials for products such as foils, electric cables or floor coverings. Specifically, the three 200 kilotons per year photovoltaic class ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymers plants will help to satisfy the worldwide demand for EVA polymer, which, shaped as a film, is used in solar panels as an insulating and sealing agent around the solar cells.
Mega-plant in East China
Jiangsu Hongjing New Material Company Ltd., a subsidiary of Jiangsu Sailboat Petrochemical Co. Ltd. is a mostly privately-owned company in China that refines petroleum products and manufactures chemical products. The mega-plant will help to satisfy China's growing demand for EVA polymer, driven by the switch from traditional hydrocarbon-based energy production to renewable energy. Burckhardt Compression has already delivered booster-primary and hyper compressors for the first phase of this project. The current stage of expansion is the second one of this mega-plant.
Fabrice Billard, President Systems Division, Burckhardt Compression: "We are proud to have been selected for this mega project and would like to thank Jiangsu Hongjing New Material Company for their trust in our compressor technology and service capabilities."
Hengjun Zhu, Deputy General Manager, Jiangsu Sailboat Petrochemical Co. Ltd. :"We are very glad to have selected Burckhardt Compression AG as the supplier of very critical equipment in this important project, which is supporting the transition of the Chinese economy towards renewable energy."