COLUMBIA, Md., April 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA), the leading independent supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and polypropylene (PP) process technology, has licensed its UNIPOL® PP Process Technology to Inter Pipeline Ltd. (TSX:IPL) for its Heartland Petrochemical Complex located in Alberta, Canada. The new, world scale capacity UNIPOL® PP facility utilizing 525 KTA of propylene feedstock is expected to enter into service in late 2021.
Inter Pipeline is a major petroleum transportation, natural gas liquids processing, and bulk liquid storage business based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Inter Pipeline owns and operates energy infrastructure assets in western Canada and Europe.
Grace's all gas-phase UNIPOL® PP Process Technology provides the most advanced and broadest range of homopolymers, random copolymers, and impact copolymers in the industry. As the simplest of all PP process technologies, without any moving parts inside of the reactor and less equipment than any alternative, its reliable, safe, and stable operation leads to lower capital, operating, and maintenance costs.
Al Beninati, President of Grace's Specialty Catalysts, said, "Grace is excited to partner with Inter Pipeline, as they are strongly committed to delivering value to their customers. Combined with our non-phthalate CONSISTA® catalysts, the UNIPOL PP Process Technology will help the Heartland Petrochemical Complex operate at very high levels of productivity and product quality."
David Chappell, Senior Vice President of Petrochemical Development at Inter Pipeline, said, "Our customers expect state-of-the-art solutions from Inter Pipeline. This process technology gives us tremendous flexibility to quickly and cost-effectively meet their requirements."
About Grace's UNIPOL® PP Process Technology
Grace is the leading supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and has the broadest portfolio of polyolefin catalyst technologies of any independent polyethylene/polypropylene catalyst producer. Grace is an industry leader in offering UNIPOL® PP Process Technology, 6th Generation non-phthalate CONSISTA® catalysts and donors, and UNIPOL UNIPPAC® Process Control software.
Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company's two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of its customers around the world. With approximately 3,700 employees, Grace operates and/or sells to customers in over 60 countries. More information about Grace is available at grace.com.
UNIPOL® and UNIPOL UNIPPAC® are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company or an affiliated company of Dow. W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn. and/or its affiliates are licensed to use the UNIPOL® and UNIPOL UNIPPAC® trademarks in the area of polypropylene.
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