BP plc (BP - Free Report) has inked an agreement with a subsidiary of Xin Feng Ming Group Co., Ltd. (Xinfengming) — Dushan Energy Ltd., — to license BP’s latest generation purified terephthalic acid (“PTA”) technology.
Dushan Energy will build a unit with a capacity of 2.2 million tons per annum at the Dushan Port Economic Development Zone in Pinghu, Zhejiang province. Recently, the company completed the basic design of the PTA unit and commenced construction on the site. The project is scheduled to come online in the third quarter of 2019.
Besides the above agreement, the parties also inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to extend strategic cooperation along the polyester raw materials value chain. Xinfengming proposes to employ BP’s technologies for all future PTA and related investments.
The MoU includes Xinfengming’s additional investments in PTA phase II employing BP’s most advanced PTA technologies and related products. Moreover, BP and Xinfengming plan to jointly encourage low-carbon products in China based on the country’s shift toward products with enhanced environmental performance.
The internal comparisons between conventional technology and BP's latest generation of PTA technology indicate high investment returns, which considerably lower operational and capital costs. BP’s technology has received several government awards from China, courtesy of considerable environmental performance and its popularity since Zhuhai start-up in 2003.
BP’s consistent endeavor to upgrade its technology is witnessed by the introduction of the latest generation PTA technology in Xinfengming’s Zhuhai plant. This reduced GHG emissions by 65%, water discharge by 75% and solid waste disposal by 95% in manufacturing process compared with conventional PTA technology of the 1990s.
The use of the company’s technology is expected to boost the polyester supply chain of Xinfengming.
In the past three months, BP’s shares have gained 13.2% compared with the industry’s 8.5% rise.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
BP currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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