Williams plans propane dehydrogenation facility

October 30, 2015 By    

Williams Cos. Inc., a provider of energy infrastructure, plans to move forward with its plan to develop a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) facility near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

According to a press release, the plant will have a capacity of 525 kilotons per annum of polymer-grade propylene production. The plant will use low-cost, locally sourced propane as its feedstock.

Williams says it expects to make a final investment decision on the PDH facility plans by 2016. David Chappell, president of Williams Energy Canada, adds the final decision on the facility will be influenced by whether the Alberta government brings in an incentive program.

The company says it also signed an agreement with North American Polypropylene (NAPP), which is an affiliate of Goradia Capital, a private equity global developer of projects and marketer of petrochemical products. Through the agreement, NAPP will purchase 450 kilotons per annum of propylene on a 25-year-term firm fee for service basis for the production of homopolymer polypropylene, a recyclable plastic used in many consumer and industrial products.

The PDH facility and polypropylene plant are expected to start up at the end of 2019, according to Williams.

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