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North Huajin contracts DuPont Clean Technologies

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North Huajin Refining and Petrochemical Co. Ltd (North Huajin) has signed contracts with Refining Technology Solutions LLC, a subsidiary of DuPont Clean Technologies for the license, basic engineering, and technical services for a new combined IsoTherming® kerosene/diesel hydrotreater (KDHT).

The grassroots hydrotreater is one of many units included as part of the greenfield fully integrated refining and petrochemical complex that will be located in Liaodong Bay New Area, Panjin, Liaoning Province, China.

North Huajin commissioned DuPont for an IsoTherming KDHT unit with a nameplate capacity of 37 000 bpd, capable of producing fuels compliant with both Jet 3 fuel standard and China VI diesel.

“We are very grateful to have the opportunity to provide the combined kerosene/diesel hydrotreater to North Huajin for their Fine Chemicals and Raw Materials Project,” said Kevin Bockwinkel, Global Business Manager, IsoTherming Hydroprocessing Technology. “The IsoTherming technology provides them an attractive low capital cost option to make fully compliant fuels in an energy efficient manner. We look forward to continuing to build a solid relationship with North Huajin.”

The greenfield complex is a key part of the revitalisation of the rustbelt region of northeast China. By selecting the IsoTherming technology for this hydrotreater, the refinery will minimise CO2 emissions due to lower energy requirement within the unit in comparison to trickle bed technologies. This decrease in emissions will further assist China in its goal to become carbon neutral by 2060.

Startup of the IsoTherming KDHT unit at the Panjin site is expected to take place by the end of 2023.

The IsoTherming hydroprocessing technology utilises a novel liquid-phase reactor system. The technology is suitable for a wide range of applications, including 100% kerosene hydrotreating, 100% light cycle oil (LCO) hydrotreating, transmix hydrotreating, diesel hydrotreating, FCC feed hydrotreating (VGO hydrotreating), mild hydrocracking, dewaxing, gas-to-liquid (GTL) upgrading, and heavy oil upgrading for both grassroots and revamp configurations. Licensed and marketed by DuPont as part of its Clean Technologies portfolio, the IsoTherming technology has been licensed in 28 refineries worldwide with capacities ranging from 1500 bpd to 80 000 bpd, offering refiners a lower CAPEX and OPEX solution than conventional hydroprocessing options.

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