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GTC awarded modernisation project

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PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim (NKNK) has awarded GTC Technology with a contract for a benzene production complex modernisation project in Russia.

GTC Technology has signed an agreement with PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim (NKNK) to provide its GT-BTX® licensed technology for the modernisation of a benzene production facility at NKNK’s EP-600 cracker plant in Nizhnekamsk, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia.

The new GT-BTX unit will process a full range C6 - C8 cut after the 1st stage pygas hydrotreating unit and will allow NKNK to lower the cash cost of producing high purity benzene and also recover non-aromatics to be used as cracker feed. GTC will revamp the existing 2nd stage pygas hydrotreating unit to process 30% more feed, and design a new GT-BTX unit with post-fractionation. Scope of supply includes the basic engineering package, technical services, proprietary catalyst, solvent and equipment. Startup is planned for 2017.

“We are pleased to work with such a prestigious company as NKNK to provide effective solutions for recovering aromatics from pyrolysis gasoline and modernising olefins production complexes,” said Joseph C. Gentry, GTC Global Vice President – Engineering & Technology. Ilya L. Aranovich, GTC Licensing Manager, added, “We are excited to extend our track record of providing leading edge solutions to improve the economics of naphtha-based crackers for clients in the CIS region and around the world.”

GTC Technology, based in Houston, Texas, is a global licensor of refinery and petrochemical process technologies that offers a variety of approaches for managing aromatics and other high value added molecules in petrochemical complexes. These technologies include the GT-BTX Extractive Distillation process for recovery of aromatics; GT-Styrene® Extractive Distillation process for recovery of styrene monomer, GT-C5SM Extractive Distillation process for recovery of isoprene, piperylene and DCPD, GT-TolAlkSM/GT-TransAlkSM– alkylation/transalkyation of Toluene to produce mixed xylenes, and others.

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