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KBR awarded contract for dividing wall column technology

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KBR, Inc. has been awarded a license and basic engineering design contract by a confidential client for a grassroots Distill-Max Stabilizer Column at Shandong Province in China.

Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide the licensing and proprietary equipment package for the Distill-Max Dividing Wall Column (DWC) technology in Shandong Province. Distill-Max DWC technology, developed by KBR, enables a single column to achieve high separation efficiency and deliver products at required specifications at lower capital and operating costs then alternative separation solutions.

John Derbyshire, President of KBR Technology and Consulting, said, “This project demonstrates our commitment to deliver innovative technologies that help the client meet their performance objectives.”

“Distill-Max technology is a cost effective option to help clients increase their separation efficiency at reduced energy demand with lower grassroots capital investment then alternative solutions,” continued Derbyshire.

KBR licensed the first Distill-Max commercial unit in 1998 in the UK, and since executed a number of Distill-Max projects globally which has resulted in 10 Distill-Max columns now in commercial operations in various refinery applications.

The value of the contract was undisclosed and was booked into the backlog of unfilled orders for KBR’s Technology and Consulting division in 1Q16.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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