Clariant AG: Clariant and Siemens to introduce New Sour Gas Shift Technology for Coal Gasification

 Clariant AG: Clariant and Siemens to introduce New Sour Gas Shift Technology
                            for Coal Gasification

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  oJoint development and global commercialization of new process and
    catalyst for coal-to-chemical applications, with strong focus on China
  oAdvanced technology with significant end-user advantages in costs, safety
    and operational flexibility

Muttenz, May 28, 2014 - Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals,
announced today that it has signed an agreement with Siemens Fuel Gasification
Technology to cooperate in the commercialization of a new, jointly developed
sour gas shift (SGS) technology for coal gasification. The agreement appoints
Clariant as the exclusive catalyst supplier for all Siemens gasification
integrated SGS projects. While the collaboration covers all global projects,
commercialization will focus on China - the region with the highest growth
rate of coal-to-chemical projects.

Stefan Heuser, Head of the Catalysts Business Unit at Clariant, stated: "This
global cooperation is a very important step in marketing our innovative
catalysts for coal-to-chemical applications. With its strong commercialization
focus on China, the cooperation supports Clariant's strategy to increase our
presence in the growing markets of Asia."

Frank Hannemann, Head of Technology of Fuel Gasification Business at Siemens,
declared: "This advanced technology makes coal to chemical plants more
competitive and environmentally friendly. This global cooperation enhances the
broader acceptance of gasification plants in China and in growing markets
around the world."

The advanced SGS technology from Clariant and Siemens significantly decreases
total capital cost for coal-to-chemical and IGCC applications through
optimization and simplification of total plant concepts. The entrained-flow
Siemens Fuel Gasifier (SFG) is able to produce syngas from a wide range of
fuels - even for low ranks of coal. Clariant's new ShiftMax^® 821 catalyst
enables a simple, once-through process without further adjustment of the exit
gas from the gasifier. The simplified layout uses smaller and fewer reactors,
and requires no steam adjustment for temperature control. This combination
reduces capital expenditure for the shift system by up to 20%, and optimizes
operating costs with up to 30% lower catalyst volume.

The new technique can handle different steam-to-gas ratios and high carbon
monoxide content in the gas, resulting in improved availability and
reliability of the whole process.
Thanks to steam-independent control of the exothermal reaction, it is an
inherently safe process and there is no risk of temperature run-away

Clariant's Catalysts Business Unit is one of the foremost global suppliers of
process catalysts. Its broad portfolio includes catalysts that enable the use
of coal as feedstock, which are particularly well-suited to the needs of
China's industry. Clariant's previous investments in the market include
commercialization of the first coal-to-propylene catalysts in China, and local
production of coal-to-methanol catalysts. Clariant is also the market leader
in catalysts for coal-to-ammonia conversion.


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Clariant is a globally leading specialty chemicals company, based in Muttenz
near Basel/Switzerland. On December 31, 2013 the company employed a total
workforce of 18,099. In the financial year 2013, Clariant recorded sales of
CHF 6.076 billion for its continuing businesses. The company reports in four
business areas: Care Chemicals, Catalysis & Energy, Natural Resources, and
Plastics & Coatings. Clariant's corporate strategy is based on four pillars:
managing businesses for profitability, research & development and innovation,
growth in emerging markets, and repositioning of the portfolio.

The Siemens Energy Sector is the world's leading supplier of a broad spectrum
of products, services and solutions for power generation in thermal power
plants and using renewables, power transmission in grids and for the
extraction, processing and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2013 (ended
September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of EUR 26.6 billion and received
new orders totaling approximately EUR 28.8 billion and posted a profit of
approximately EUR 2 billion. On September 30, 2013, the Energy Sector had a
work force of approximately 83,500.

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