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McDermott awarded alkylate production contract

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McDermott International has announced that it has been awarded a technology contract for Next Wave Energy Partners’ grassroots alkylate production facility, known as Project Traveler, in Pasadena, Texas.

McDermott’s Lummus Technology is providing the PDP and licence for its ethylene dimerisation process. Lummus Technology’s proprietary Dimer® process converts ethylene to an unmatched high purity butene-2 feed stream ideal for producing an alkylate with a higher-octane value. Higher quality alkylate is used for blending cleaner-burning gasoline required by the demands of modern and future high-performance engines.

“Lummus’ vast portfolio of petrochemical and refining options is enabling producers to produce an array of higher-value products from available feed streams. The innovative approach to producing alkylate from ethylene for Project Traveler is one such example”. said Leon de Bruyn, Senior Vice President, Lummus Technology. “Alkylate is one of the cleanest petroleum products that is high in octane, yet low in vapour pressure, sulfur and aromatics. As the world transitions to more sustainable energy sources, Lummus will continue to deliver innovative solutions that help customers and end users lower their carbon footprints.”

When operational in mid-2022, the facility will have the capability to consume 1.2 billion lbs/yr of ethylene feedstock producing an estimated 28 000 bpd of alkylate.

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