McDermott wins tech contract from Saudi's Advanced Petrochemical

Contractor to use Lummus tech to provide license, basic engineering package of a CATOFIN unit at APC's complex in Jubail

APC has earlier used the CATOFIN unit for its first unit in 2003, which is also located in Jubail. [representational]
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APC has earlier used the CATOFIN unit for its first unit in 2003, which is also located in Jubail. [representational]

New York Stock Exchange-listed (NYSE) McDermott International has secured a technology contract from Advanced Global Investment Company, a fully-owned subsidiary of Advanced Petrochemical Co. (APC), listed on Tadawul.

McDermott said that the “sizeable” contract — that the contractor values between $1m and $50m — will cover the use of its Lummus Technology that will provide the license and basic engineering package of a C3 CATOFIN unit at APC’s grassroots petrochemical complex in Jubail. The unit will have a propylene production capacity of 764756.7 metric tonnes per annum, which is equivalent to 843,000 metric tons annually.

Speaking about the usage of CATOFIN technology, senior vice president of Lummus Technology, Leon de Bruyn said: "The CATOFIN technology that Lummus licenses worldwide, alongside our partner Clariant, provides a highly reliable, lower-cost route to propylene, with a lower carbon footprint.

De Bruyn added: “APC's decision to proceed with CATOFIN technology for their second unit is a testament to the successful operation of their PDH unit and consistent performance as a top quartile PDH complex," said Leon de Bruyn, Senior Vice President, Lummus Technology.

APC has earlier used the CATOFIN unit for its first unit in 2003, which is also located in Jubail.

In a statement, McDermott said that the CATOFIN process operates at optimised reactor pressure, and temperature to maximise propylene yield.

The plant will use Clariant's latest generation CATOFIN catalyst system, including the company's patented metal-oxide Heat Generating Material (HGM) to deliver maximised selectivity at high conversion rates, and long run lengths.

The American contracting heavyweight added that the contract award was reflected in it’s Q1 2020 backlog.

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