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Repsol Licenses POSM Technology

Repsol licences PO and styrene technology to Tianjin Bohua

Repsol’s Chemicals division has signed a technology licence agreement with Chinese company Tianjin Bohua Chemical Development, a subsidiary of Bohai Chemical Group, to produce propylene oxide (PO) and styrene monomer (SM) – raw materials for products like polyols, glycols, polystyrene, EPS, ABS and synthetic rubber.

Repsol will transfer the technology for the construction of a plant in Tianjin, with a production capacity of 200,000 t/y of PO and 450,000 t/y of SM. The agreement enhances Repsol’s position as a technology provider, following a 2013 agreement through which the company licensed technology for flexible and polymer polyols in the Jilin province.

Repsol built its first PO/SM plant in Puertollano, Spain, in the early 1970s. In the year 2000, the company built a new PO/SM plant in Tarragona, double the size of the original facility.