MOSCOW (MRC) -- Honeywell announced that Lukoil -Permnefteorgsintez, a subsidiary of Lukoil, will use a range of Honeywell UOP process technologies at its refinery to convert low value vacuum gasoil into high value products such as gasoline and propylene, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.
Phase one of the project includes the installation of a new UOP vacuum distillation unit and a UOP FCC unit that is tailored to increase production of propylene at the refinery while improving gasoline yield. A UOP Merox unit will also be installed that will treat the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) streams and reduce the level of mercaptans in the LPG and UOP propylene recovery unit to produce propylene with certain quality requirements for its further use.
The Honeywell UOP Merox process uses a highly efficient design to economically achieve ever-tightening sulfur specifications. The UOP Merox process extracts low molecular weight mercaptans from gas and LPG streams. The Merox process does not require feed or caustic filters and offers greater than 99.5% on-stream availability.
UOP will provide technology licensing, design services, key equipment and state-of-the-art catalysts and adsorbents for this project at the refinery in the Perm region of Russia. When completed, the conversion capacity of the complex is expected to exceed 1,800,000 metric tpy of vacuum gasoil.
"These best-in-class UOP technologies will allow LUKOIL to increase production of propylene and gasoline at its Perm refinery while benefiting from low capital and operating costs,” said Laura Leonard, vice president and general manager, UOP Process Technologies. “UOP constantly invests in its FCC technology development to meet the most ambitious needs of our customers. I’m proud, that Lukoil elected to continue its success story with UOP FCC technology, which is already being employed at several Lukoil refineries."
Earlier it was also reported that Lukoil plans to invest more than 300 billion rubles in the coming years. in the development of a petrochemical cluster in the Stavropol Territory, the core of which is the Stavrolen petrochemical enterprise. The development program, among other things, provides for the technical re-equipment of the pyrolysis complex, which will increase its capacity to 420 thousand tons of ethylene per year. The modernization program also includes the reconstruction of a PE production unit, the capacity of which will increase to 405,000 tons per year, and a polypropylene (PP) production unit, which will increase the production of its copolymers to 120,000 tons per year. In addition, Lukoil plans to launch the production of linear polyethylene (LDPE) and metallocene grades.
Lukoil is one of the leading vertically integrated oil companies in Russia. The main activities of the company include exploration and production of oil and gas, production and sale of petroleum products. Lukoil is the second largest private oil company in the world in terms of proven hydrocarbon reserves. The structure of Lukoil includes one of the largest petrochemical enterprises in Russia - Stavrolen.