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KIPIC to use Honeywell technology for Kuwait's Al-Zour project

The facility will become the largest integrated refinery and petrochemicals plant in Kuwait

Al-Zour refining and petrochemical complex in Kuwait.
Al-Zour refining and petrochemical complex in Kuwait.

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.

Honeywell UOP, a licensor of refining and petrochemical process technology,  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 50,000 barrels per day (bpd) RFCC complex with ethylene and propylene recovery, and a 24,000 bpd Honeywell UOP Selectfining unit to produce low-sulfur gasoline.

The contract also includes a 66,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) CCR Platforming unit with a 74,000 bpd 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 million metric tons per year of paraxylene, a primary ingredient in plastics.

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.

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