KPC unit Kipic picks Honeywell UOP for Kuwait's Al Zour Refinery

Honeywell UOP to reconfigure and revise capacity of Al Zour Refinery's gasoline production facilities

Kuwait is developing Al Zour Refinery.
Kuna / March 2019
Kuwait is developing Al Zour Refinery.

American Fortune 100 and New York Stock Exchange-listed technology company Honeywell’s process technology supply and licensing unit, Honeywell UOP, has been picked by Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Co (Kipic) – a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) – to reconfigure the refinery and petrochemicals sections of Al Zour Refinery, a megaproject being developed as part of the KPC Vision 2040 programme.

Honeywell UOP will revise the configuration and capacity of Al Zour Refinery’s gasoline production facilities, in addition to supplying technology licenses, design services, key equipment, and catalysts and adsorbents to produce clean-burning fuels, paraxylene, propylene, and other petrochemicals.

Al Zour Refinery is set to become Kuwait’s largest integrated refinery and petrochemicals plant, with its gasoline section to include a 98,000 barrels per day resid fluid catalytic cracking (RFCC) complex for the production of propylene, gasoline, and a UOP Selectfining unit to produce low-sulphur gasoline blending components.

Additionally, two UOP Merox units will be used to treat mix C3s for propylene production, and mixed C4s to make clean-fuels blending components, as well as 193 KMTA Butamer units to convert normal butane to isobutane.

Al Zour Refinery’s petrochemicals section features an aromatics complex to produce 1.4 million metric tons per year of paraxylene, with LD Parex aromatics technology – including Sulfolane, Isomar, and Tatoray processes.

Commenting on the contract, president of Honeywell in Kuwait, Rachad Abdallah, said: “Our technologies are helping transform Kuwait into a world-leading manufacturer in the downstream oil and gas industry.

“In addition to aromatics and propylene, the Euro V fuels will be produced at Al Zour plant, which is the cornerstone of Kuwait’s clean fuels initiative.”

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