MOSCOW (MRC) -- Honeywell announced today 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, south of Kuwait City, as per Hydrocarbonprocessing.
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.
"When completed, this will be the largest integrated refinery and petrochemicals plant ever constructed in Kuwait," said John Gugel, vice president and general manager, Process Technology and Equipment at Honeywell UOP. "In addition to aromatics and propylene, the Euro-V fuels it will produce will be the cornerstone of Kuwait’s clean fuels initiative."
The project includes a 50 Mbpd RFCC complex with ethylene and propylene recovery, and a 24 Mbpd Honeywell UOP Selectfining 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 Mbpd CCR Platforming unit with a 74 Mbpd 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 MMtpy of paraxylene, a primary ingredient in plastics.
In addition, an Oleflex propane dehydrogenation unit will produce 660 Mtpy of polymer-grade propylene - another basic component in the production of plastics, synthetic rubber and gasoline additives.
Honeywell UOP is a leading licensor of process technology for the production of aromatics. As of last year, Honeywell UOP licensed more than 100 complexes and more than 700 individual process units for the production of aromatics, including more than 300 CCR Platforming process units, 158 Sulfolane units, 80 Isomar units, 58 Tatoray units, 100 Parex units and 60 Oleflex units worldwide.
Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC) is a new subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) set up by State of Kuwait to manage refinery, petrochemicals and LNG import operations in the Al-Zour complex.
As MRC informed before, in early March 2017, Honeywell announced that Jiangsu Sailboat Petrochemical Company, Ltd. had started its UOP Advanced Methanol-to-Olefins (MTO) unit during a 10-day test to confirm successful operation. It has an annual production capacity of 833,000 mtpy, making it the largest single-train MTO unit in the world.