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Pertamina using Honeywell UOP technology

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Honeywell has announced that PT Pertamina (Persero) will use Honeywell UOP technology to produce high-octane gasoline blending components and jet fuel at its Balikpapan refinery in Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia.

The agreement includes licensing and engineering for a CCR PlatformingTM unit with a capacity of 33 000 bpd to produce cleaner-burning high octane motor fuels and a UnionfiningTM hydrotreating unit with a capacity of 47 000 bpd to produce kerosene jet fuel.

"The CCR Platforming unit at Balikpapan will be the eighth unit that Honeywell UOP has licensed to Pertamina, and the backbone of Pertamina's supply of high-octane gasoline," said Mike Millard, vice president and general manager, Process Technology and Equipment at Honeywell UOP. "This technology provides the highest possible yield of these fuels, while also producing 1.2 million tpy of the petrochemicals paraxylene and benzene."

According to government sources, Indonesia's gross domestic product is growing by 5.2%/y, while its population of 260 million people is growing by 1.2%/y. As a result, gasoline demand in Indonesia currently is rising by 4 - 5%/y, straining its ability to meet domestic demand for refined products.

The technologies provided by Honeywell UOP will help Indonesia meet that growing domestic demand while upgrading to Euro IV clean fuel specifications and phasing out production of 88 RONC gasoline. As part of the same project, Pertamina awarded Honeywell UOP with a contract to expand capacity of its existing Unicracking units at Balikpapan to 60 000 bpd. These units provide eastern Indonesia's domestic supply high quality diesel fuel.

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