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Lummus, Citroniq sign agreements for green polypropylene plants in US

13 Nov '23
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Lummus and Citroniq signing ceremony. Pic: Lummus Technology
Lummus and Citroniq signing ceremony. Pic: Lummus Technology


  • Lummus Technology and Citroniq Chemicals plan to open the first North American bio-polypropylene plant in the US by 2027 with a 400kta capacity.
  • The project, utilising Lummus' Verdene technology, marks a significant step in carbon-negative production.
  • It aims to meet growing bio-polypropylene demand and support energy industry decarbonisation.
Lummus Technology, a leader in process technologies and energy solutions, has teamed up with Citroniq Chemicals to launch green polypropylene plants in the United States. The first of these plants, set to be completed by 2027, marks a pioneering step as it will be the first in North America to produce bio-polypropylene, with an impressive capacity of 400,000 tonnes per annum.

The agreements highlight Lummus and Citroniq’s progress in meeting surging demand for sustainable polypropylene.

Romain Lemoine, chief business officer of Polymers and Petrochemicals at Lummus Technology, emphasised the importance of this collaboration with Citroniq. “This agreement showcases our collective progress in establishing North America’s first large-scale sustainable bio-polypropylene production process,” he said. Lemoine highlighted the synergy between Lummus’ expertise in polypropylene licensing and Citroniq’s innovative carbon-negative production capabilities, aiming to satisfy the rising demand for bio-polypropylene and contribute to the decarbonisation of the energy industry.

Mel Badheka, president & co-founder of Citroniq Chemicals, echoed these sentiments. He stated, “Our licensing agreement for four bio-polypropylene plants with Lummus Technology underlines our commitment to delivering sustainable plastics at a global scale.”

The partnership between Lummus and Citroniq, formed in April 2023, plans to develop four green polypropylene plants in North America. The agreements announced recently pertain to the first of these plants. They will utilise Lummus’ Verdene polypropylene technology suite, which includes ethanol to ethylene technology, dimer technology, olefins conversion technology, and polypropylene technology. Lummus stands out as the sole provider capable of offering all the essential, low-energy technologies to produce renewable green polypropylene from biogenic ethanol.

Lummus Technology is globally renowned for developing technological solutions that support a sustainable, low-carbon future. The company specialises in licensing process technologies in various sectors, including clean fuels, renewables, and petrochemicals, and offers a range of services from catalysts and proprietary equipment to digitalisation.

Citroniq is at the forefront of the energy transition, producing carbon-negative materials at scale. Its platform is designed for the chemical and plastics industries, utilising bio-based feedstocks and advanced technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Citroniq’s E2O process not only reduces GHG emissions but also sequesters carbon into practical plastic pellets, aiding companies in achieving their greenhouse gas reduction goals.

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