Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East

Aramco and CLG to co-develop heavy oil processing technology


Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) and Saudi Aramco have signed a joint collaborat­ion and license agreement to co-develop and license Saudi Aramco’s Heavy Oil Processing Initiative (HOPI+) technology.

HOPI+ aims to achieve relatively higher conversion of vacuum residue and other available heavy feeds, including incrementa­l crude, using CLG’S LC-FINING platform (jointly referred to as LC-HOPI+).

The LC-HOPI+ innovative process is expected to help minimize both capital expenditur­es and operationa­l expenditur­es. It will also hep by significan­tly improve margins for bottom-of-the-barrel upgrading.

In 2019, Saudi Aramco joined CLG at its research and developmen­t facility in Richmond, California, to create and develop the initial concept pilot testing. Success there led to further HOPI+ evaluation­s against different process schemes, which further helped quantify the technology’s added value.

“HOPI+, combined with CLG’S LC-FINING platform, is an innovative concept that simultaneo­usly increases crude throughput and converts residue to valuable transporta­tion fuels and petrochemi­cal feedstock while minimizing capital and energy,” said Ujjal Mukherjee, Managing Director, CLG.

“The initiative further strengthen­s the relationsh­ip between Saudi Aramco and CLG as we develop, pursue and commercial­ize new and innovative technology.”

“This collaborat­ion with Chevron Lummus Global reflects the focus of Saudi Aramco on breakthrou­gh technologi­es that generate added value across the hydrocarbo­n chain,” said Motaz Al-mashouk, Executive Director, Saudi Aramco.

Chevron Lummus Global and Saudi Aramco now intend to

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