Lummus Technology has announced the launch of what it claims is the world’s first net zero ethane cracker.
The cracker is now available for commercial use to decarbonise a process in petrochemical manufacturing that is very carbon-intensive and can be incorporated into both new and existing ethane crackers as well as at sites and facilities of various sizes.
According to Lummus, the combustion of methane or other carbon-based fuels can be eliminated through innovations to the cracking heater design, resulting in significant reductions in the fuel firing demand, enhancements in the recovery section and a partial switch from steam turbine to electric drivers on the major compressors.
The next-generation design is part of the company’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from all its technology offerings.
Leon de Bruyn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lummus Technology said: “Ethylene producers are looking for solutions to reduce the carbon footprint of their investments and this new net zero ethane cracker will help them achieve their decarbonisation goals.
“By launching the world’s first CO2-free ethane cracker, we are leveraging Lummus’ innovative culture and proven ability to commercialise breakthrough technologies to play a critical role in the energy transition.”