Badger to populate Rabigh II with proprietary tech
Boston-based business to assist upswing of petrochemical downstreaming
Badger Licensing has announced its award of a contract from Aramco and Sumitomo to provide its proprietary technology for a 384,000-tonne per annum grassroots cumene plant as part of the Rabigh Phase II Project in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia.
Cumene is a precursor to the production of phenol and bisphenol A and polycarbonate, and nearly ten million annual tonnes of cumene capacity have been licensed by Badger and its predecessor companies since the technology was introduced in 1995.
Mark Healey, president of Badger, said: “Rabigh Phase II is an impressive project in the growing petrochemical industry in the Middle East, and Badger’s proven cumene technology will enable it to achieve a low cost of ownership by leveraging long catalyst cycles and high operational reliability.”
The contract includes the technology licenses, engineering services, training and start-up services moving into operations and production at the cumene plant, which is due to start-up in 2016.
Boston-based Badger Licensing LLC is a joint venture between the Badger Technology Holdings, an affiliate of Technip, and Alkylation Licensing, an affiliate of ExxonMobil Chemical Company.
Badger Licensing is principally engaged in marketing, licensing and developing technologies for ethylbenzene, styrene monomer, cumene and, perhaps the most controversially, bisphenol A.
Bisphenol A (BPA) has been used widely in the commercial production of plastics since 1957, but it is also an endocrine disruptor that has been heavily scrutinised for its negative health effects at certain concentrations and there have been calls and moves by organisations in several countries to ban BPA from food packaging.