Sinopec installs world's largest hydrogenation reactor in China

WCN Editorial Team 15 Jun 2020 ASIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

China's energy and chemical company China Petroleum & Chemical (Sinopec) has announced the completion of what it claims to be the world's first and largest slurry-bed residue hydrogenation reactor in Zhoushan.

The largest single-unit hydrogenation reactor, designed by Sinopec Engineering, weighs 3,025 tonnes and has a height of 72m.

With an outside diameter of 6.156m and wall thickness of 320mm, the reactor forms the core equipment of China’s Zhejiang Petroleum and Chemical’s (ZPCC) 40-million-tonne/year refining-chemical integration project, phase II.

In a press statement, Sinopec said: “The record-breaking installation adopted the 5,200-tonne slidable hydraulic gantry lifting system for the main hoisting task, and a 2,000-ton XGC28000 crawler crane coordinated the lift from the other end.

“The 5,200-tonne hydraulic gantry lifting system has the advantages of lifting heavy weights, shifting integrally, and requiring fewer steps of assembly & disassembly of the middle tower, this solution effectively minimised the impact on the construction site and shortened the overall construction period.”

Sinopec said that the 5,200-tonne hydraulic gantry lifting system is planned to be relocated integrally for the installation of the second hydrogenation reactor.

Last year, ZPCC has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with BP to form a joint venture.

The joint venture will be responsible for the construction and operation of a one million tonnes per annum acetic acid plant, which will be an addition to the major integrated refining and petrochemical manufacturing complex at Zhoushan.

The proposed facility in Zhoushan, Zhejiang is expected to be BP’s largest acetic acid-producing site in the world.

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Installation of world’s largest hydrogenation reactor completes in China. (Credit: Sinopec)

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