Process Technologies


Lummus Technology’s petrochemical technology portfolio includes a diverse line of chemical technologies along product lines such as styrenics, phenolics, light hydrocarbons (C3-C5 dehydrogenation, butadiene extraction) and other assorted specialty chemicals including dimethyl carbonate, diphenyl carbonate and maleic anhydride. At Lummus, we license the most widely used ethylene technology in the world, with about 40 percent of global capacity based on our process. We also offer the Novolen® gas phase polypropylene process for the production of a full range of polypropylene products.

Ethylene Production

Lummus Technology, a leader in ethylene technology, provides innovations proven in more than 120 ethylene plants operating around the world, accounting for about 40% of the world's ethylene capacity.

Propylene Production

Lummus Technology offers two on-purpose routes to propylene: olefins conversion technology, which utilizes olefins metathesis, and CATOFIN® propane dehydrogenation.

Butadiene/Butylene Production

The BASF NMP-butadiene extraction process offered by Lummus Technology is the preferred technology for the production of high purity 1,3 butadiene from crude C4 cuts. The process has been successfully applied in more than 30 plants worldwide.

Styrenics / Phenolics / Carbonates

This group of chemicals is used to produce common products such as tires, packing material, insulation, epoxy resins and polycarbonate plastics (e.g., eyeglasses). Lummus Technology licenses many technologies in this important chemical chain.


Aromatics are used to produce a wide range of products including fibers, films and plastic bottles. The most common aromatics are benzene, toluene and xylenes (BTX) which are products of steam crackers and refineries.


With our technology, we can reduce oil imports, lower prices for consumers and businesses, increase profits for gas producers, reduce environmental emissions and bring about greater global stability.