Honeywell technology used expand KIPIC Al-Zour refinery

Honeywell technology used to expand KIPIC Al-Zour refinery

7:49 AM, 30th November 2017
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DES PLAINES, US: Honeywell International Inc (HON) said that Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC) will use a range of process technologies from Honeywell UOP for the expansion of its refining and petrochemical complex at Al-Zour, Kuwait.

Honeywell UOP will supply technology licenses, design services, key equipment, and state-of-the-art catalysts and adsorbents to produce clean-burning fuels, paraxylene, propylene and other petrochemicals.

The project includes 50,000 barrels per day (bpd) resid fluid catalytic cracking (RFCC) complex with ethylene and propylene recovery and a 24,000 bpd Honeywell UOP Selectfining unit to produce low-sulphur gasoline.

Two Honeywell UOP Merox units will be used to treat propane for propylene production, and isobutane to make clean-fuels blending components, including methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) produced by a UOP Ethermax unit. Also included is a Butamer unit to convert normal butane to isobutane.

The contract also includes a 66,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) CCR Platforming unit with a 74,000-bpd naphtha hydrotreater to make gasoline blendstock, and an LD Parex aromatics complex – including the Honeywell UOP Sulfolane, Isomar and Tatoray processes – to make 1.4 million metric tonnes per year of paraxylene, a primary ingredient in plastics.

In addition, an Oleflex propane dehydrogenation unit will produce 660,000 metric tons per year of polymer-grade propylene – another basic component in the production of plastics, synthetic rubber and gasoline additives.

"When completed, this will be the largest integrated refinery and petrochemicals plant ever constructed in Kuwait. In addition to aromatics and propylene, the Euro-V fuels it will produce will be the cornerstone of Kuwait's clean fuels initiative," said John Gugel, VP and general manager, process technology and equipment, Honeywell UOP.

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