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Albemarle and CB&I win EPA green chemistry award

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Albemarle Corp. and CB&I have received the 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in cooperation with the American Chemical Society.

The award is for the breakthrough AlkyClean® process technology, jointly developed by Albemarle, CB&I and Neste Oil for exclusive use with Albemarle's zeolite-based AlkyStar™ catalyst. A solid acid catalyst alkylation unit was successfully started up in in Shandong, China, in August 2015.

"Albemarle has been working side-by-side with our technology partners for several years to develop a commercially viable and safe option to produce high-quality alkylate without the use of liquid acid catalysts," said Silvio Ghyoot, President of Albemarle's Refining Solutions global business unit. "We are honoured by this prestigious award and recognition of the unique AlkyClean technology for its potential as a game-changing technology for our refining customers."

Albemarle's AlkyStar catalyst, together with CB&I's novel reactor scheme, produces high-quality alkylates without needing liquid acid catalysts in the alkylate manufacturing process.

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