Oil and Gas

KIPIC to Expand Al-Zour Refinery with Honeywell Technology


Honeywell announced today that Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC) will use a range of process technologi­es from Honeywell UOP, a leading licensor of refining and petrochemi­cal process technology, for the expansion of its refining and petrochemi­cal complex at Al-Zour, south of Kuwait City. Honeywell UOP will supply technology licenses, design services, key equipment, and state-ofthe-art catalysts and adsorbents to produce clean-burning fuels, paraxylene, propylene and other petrochemi­cals. The project includes a 50,000 barrels per day (bpd) RFCC complex with ethylene and propylene recovery, and a 24,000 bpd Honeywell UOP Selectfini­ngTM unit to produce low-sulfur gasoline. Two Honeywell UOP Merox™ units will be used to treat propane for propylene production, and isobutane to make clean-fuels blending components, including 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 blend stock, and an LD Parex™ aromatics complex -- including the Honeywell UOP Sulfolane™, Isomar™ and Tatoray™ processes – to make 1.4 million metric tons 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.

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