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MiRO and Axens celebrate 20 year partnership

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

20 years ago, at the dawn of the new millennium, MiRO – based in Karlsruhe, Germany – was the first end user to select the new Axens Prime-G+® technology to produce ultra-low-sulfur gasoline. Both companies, fully committed towards cleaner fuels production, entered the stringent world of Euro V standards by producing 10 ppm sulfur gasoline ahead of mandatory regulations.

This was the first step in the companies’ relationship, illustrated by several catalyst repeat orders. Over time, Axens and MiRO have successfully met various challenges: processing of increasingly difficult feedstock, extension of the time on stream between two turnarounds, and optimisation of the cost-to-fill without compromising on performance.

An important milestone in the collaboration was the implementation by MiRO of the first licensor’s Advanced Process Control (APC) on a Prime-G+. This resulted in a tight and proactive control of the unit operating parameters, which limited, on one hand, the risk of producing off-spec gasoline, and on the other hand, the cost associated with quality.

Throughout the years, the relationship between the two companies has remained strong, as illustrated during the latest Prime-G+ users seminar held in 2017 where MiRO shared its experience with other Prime-G+ licensees.

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