MOSCOW (MRC) -- McDermott International, Inc. announced that it has been awarded a sizeable technology contract by Naftna Industrija Srbije (NIS) for the modernization of its existing Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) unit to be implemented at their refinery in Pancevo, Serbia, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.
As part of this project, McDermott's Lummus Technology will provide the license and basic engineering for the Indmax FCC technology and a grassroots CDEtbe unit for production of bio ethanol base Ethyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (ETBE). The state-of-the-art Indmax FCC technology, which was jointly developed by Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL) and Lummus, will shift the yield of the existing FCC unit toward production of valuable olefins and higher-octane naphtha. Part of the olefins will be converted with bio-ethanol to ETBE using Lummus' CDEtbe technology, which is used as a clean, octane-boosting gasoline-blending component.
"We are extremely pleased that NIS has again selected Lummus Technology to upgrade their refinery," said Leon de Bruyn, Senior Vice President of Lummus Technology. "This award represents the first license of the Indmax FCC technology in Europe, demonstrating the increasing interest in Indmax FCC globally. It also demonstrates our ability to supply integrated and optimized solutions to our clients from our broad portfolio of technologies. NIS will benefit from the added process flexibility and improved economics for many years to come."
Previously, NIS has also selected the hydrocracking technology from Lummus Technology's joint venture, Chevron Lummus Global (CLG), as well as, more recently, Lummus Technology's delayed coking technology.
McDermott's Lummus Technology is a leading licensor of proprietary petrochemicals, refining, gasification and gas processing technologies, and a supplier of proprietary catalysts and related engineering. With a heritage spanning more than 100 years, encompassing approximately 3,400 patents and patent applications, Lummus Technology provides one of the industry's most diversified technology portfolios to the hydrocarbon processing sector.
The award for the license and basic engineering will be reflected in McDermott's fourth quarter 2019 backlog.
As MRC wrote before, in October 2017, Russian oil producer Gazprom Neft, through its subsidiary NIS, started construction of a new deep conversion complex (DCC) at its Pancevo Refinery in Serbia with an investment of over EUR300m.
Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,724,670 tonnes in the first ten months of 2019, up by 7% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. The estimated PP consumption in the Russian market in January-October 2019 totalled 1,066,520 tonnes, up by 7% year on year. Supply of block copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymer) and homopolymer of propylene (homopolymer PP) increased, demand for statistical copolymers (PP random copolymer) decreased.
NIS is one of the largest integrated oil and gas companies in South-Eastern Europe, engaged in exploration, production and refining of oil and gas, and marketing petroleum products. Major shareholders are Gazprom Neft (56.15%) and the Government of the Republic of Serbia. (29.88%). The rest of the shares are owned by minority shareholders.