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April 2, 2013
UOP technology selected for petrochemicals complex in Brunei
UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop.com), a Honeywell company, announced today that its technology has been selected to produce key petrochemicals in a new complex in Brunei.
Brunei Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of China’s Zhejiang Hengyi Group Co., will use several UOP technologies to produce aromatics, which are key materials used in the production of polymers, plastics, resins and synthetic fibers such as polyester and nylon.
“As the demand for aromatics grows in the region, producers are looking for ways to maximize product yields, while reducing production costs and minimizing investment costs,” says Pete Piotrowski, senior vice president and general manager of Honeywell’s UOP Process Technology and Equipment business unit. “UOP’s integrated aromatics technology will provide the lowest energy consumption, cost of production and overall investment cost.”
Aromatics products derived at the facility will help meet growing demand for plastics and synthetic fibers in the region. The project, to be located in Pulau Muara Besar, Brunei Darussalam, is expected to be one of the largest aromatics complexes in the world.
The project will combine a 2.2 million metric tons per year (m.t./yr) hydrocracking unit, utilizing the UOP Unicracking process and catalysts; a 3.3 m.t./yr UOP CCR Platforming unit; and a 1.5 m.t./yr UOP Parex unit. Additionally, the complex will license the UOP Isomar process, UOP Tatoray process and UOP ED Sulfolane process at its optimized, fully integrated aromatics complex. In addition to technology licensing, UOP will provide engineering, training and technical services, catalysts, adsorbents, and specialty equipment for the project. Aromatics production is expected to start-up in 2015.
UOP’s Unicracking process is the most versatile hydrocracking process for upgrading a variety of feedstocks to high-quality distillates such as naptha, kerosene and diesel. As an industry leader in catalytic reforming, the UOP CCR Platforming process, combined with its reforming catalysts, selectively converts low-quality naptha to BTX (benzene, toluene and xylenes) aromatics for plastics production. The UOP Parex process effectively recovers valuable p-xylene from mixed xylenes, offering proven high product purity, high product recovery and high on-stream efficiency. Global demand for p-xylene, a building block for the production of water bottles and other products, is expected to grow by nearly 7% each year.