US Honeywell UOP technology selected for Pakistan national refinery expansion

Karachi: United States Honeywell company UOP 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 Uni flex processing technology was developed to help refiners processing the bottom of barrel, heaviest portions of a barrel of crude also known as vacuum residue, into higher-value transportation fuels. It 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 & general manager of Process Technology & Equipment Honeywell’s UOP said “In an integrated facility like NRL’s, Uni flex process technology can help refiners close this gap and increase their profitability.” NRL facility, which is 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 Uni flex technology to upgrade its heavy residue into high-value distillate products. Of particular value to NRL is high yield of diesel from Uni flex technology, which is nearly double that of competing residue conversion technologies. It will be integrated with UOP Union fining hydro processing solutions to process distillates into high-quality diesel fuel and naphtha into high-quality feedstock used for gasoline production.

Vacuum gas oil from facility will also be converted to diesel and lube base oils using UOP’s Uni-cracking technology and fuels de-waxing technology provided by alliance between Honeywell’s UOP & ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company (EMRE. UOP has provided process technology and solutions to Pakistan since 1930s when its Dubbs Cracking process technology was licensed to Attock Refinery Ltd., part of Attock Group of companies, which also owns NRL. 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.

UOP LLC, headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, USA, is a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, process plants, consulting services to petroleum refining, petrochemical, gas processing industries.

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