US-company selected for Pakistan National Refinery expansion

New York: United States UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, Thursday said its new process technology designed to help refiners get more high value product from each barrel of crude oil has been selected by National Refinery Limited NRL to maximize diesel and lubricant production in Pakistan.

UOP’s Uniflex TM processing technology was developed to help refiners processing bottom of barrel, heaviest portions of a barrel of crude also known as vacuum residue, into higher value transportation fuels. This can deliver 90% conversion of vacuum residue to transportation fuels while minimizing by-products. Traditional bottom of barrel upgrading process technologies have only been able to convert 60 to 70% of vacuum residue to transportation fuels.

Pete Piotrowski, Vice President Process Technology & Equipment for Honeywell’s UOP said, “In integrated facility like NRL, Uniflex process technology can help refiners close this gap and increase their profitability.” NRL facility, scheduled for start-up in 2016, will produce 40,000 barrels per day of diesel fuel and 4,500 barrels per day of lube base oils.

NRL will use Uniflex technology to upgrade its heavy residue into high value distillate products. Of particular value to NRL is high yield of diesel from Uniflex technology, which is nearly double that of competing residue conversion technologies. It will be integrated with UOP Unionfining TM hydro processing solutions to process distillates into high quality diesel fuel and naphtha into high quality feedstock used for gasoline production.

UOP provided process technology and solutions to Pakistan when its Dubbs Cracking process technology was licensed to Attock Refinery Ltd., part of Attock Group of companies. NRL operates three refineries and a petrochemicals plant in Pakistan, including only lube production facility in the region, and processes almost 2.5 million tons of crude per year.

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