Honeywell has announced that Farabi Petrochemicals Company will use Honeywell UOP technologies for a new complex in Yanbu to expand its production of biodegradable detergents.
Honeywell UOP will provide catalysts and adsorbents as well as licensing, basic engineering design and other associated services for the new complex, which is expected to be completed in 2020.
The technologies include a Unionfining™ hydrotreating unit, a Molex™ unit to produce the linear alkylbenzene (LAB) feedstock necessary for making biodegradable detergents, a Pacol™ unit for dehydrogenation, a DeFine™ unit to improve product purity, and a Detal™ detergent alkylation unit.
John Gugel, Vice President and General Manager of Honeywell UOP's Process Technology and Equipment business, said: "Farabi chose Honeywell UOP technology because it is the most efficient and widely used technology in the world for making detergents […] Our technologies will help the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia meet growing domestic and regional demand for petrochemicals and detergents, derive more value from its petroleum resources, and help it gain self-sufficiency in these chemical intermediates."
When completed, the Yanbu complex will produce more than 120 000 tpy of LAB and 246 000 tpy of normal paraffins, in addition to de-aromatised specialty oils, asphalt, sulfonates, mining chemicals, process oils and lubes. As a feedstock, the complex will use diesel from the Saudi Aramco refinery and kerosene from the Saudi Aramco ExxonMobil refinery in Yanbu.
Gugel added: "The Yanbu facility demonstrates that refining companies in the Kingdom continue to move downstream into petrochemicals, where demand is growing and margins are stronger […] The location of this new facility also will create more employment and industrial development in Western Saudi Arabia."
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