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Clariant introduces new HTS catalyst, ShiftMax 120 HCF

Oilfield Technology,

Clariant has announced the launch of their new ShiftMax®120 HCF catalyst.

The enhanced high temperature shift (HTS) catalyst avoids health and safety risks in ammonia and hydrogen production as it contains essentially no hexalent chromium (Cr6+). This was tested and confirmed by the independent institute, Seibersdorf Laboratories, according to OECD test #29. ShiftMax 120 HCF is thus fully compliant with REACH Regulations of the European Community (annex XIV to EC No 1907/2006), which will inhibit the sale of compounds containing Cr6+ beyond the very low threshold.

Clariant’s ShiftMax HCF is the successor to ShiftMax 120, one of the most widely used HTS catalysts in the syngas industry with 30 years of proven performance in terms of activity and longevity. The enw ShiftMax 120 HCF is practically identical to its predecessor after initial activation. It provides the same advantages with regard to low operating temperatures and CO leakages, excellent mechanical stability, especially during plant upsets, and long service life. It is also very effective in preventing Fischer-Tropsch byproduct formation when operating at low steam to gas conditions.

The key difference between the two catalysts is that the new production process reduces the content of hexalent chromium to non-detectable levels (<200 ppm), thereby eliminating health and safety concerns during handling and commissioning.

Stefan Hauser, Senior Vice President Clairant Catalysts, commentedL “Clariant’s R&D division is always focused on incorporating sustainability and responsible care into the design of our products. One of their latest developments is ShiftMax 120 HCF -  a strong addition to our portfolio that supports our customer’s success as well as their safety”.

Harald Dialer, Head of Business Segment Syngas, BY Catalysts, Clariant, said: “The new ShiftMax 120 HCF catalyst succeeds the well established ShiftMax 120, which has provided superior performance in the ammonia and hydrogen industry for more than 30 years. ShiftMax 120 HCF, which is REACH compliant, is virtually indistinguishable from ShiftMax 120 after activation, and offers the same outstanding performance features”.

Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.

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