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Kuwait refinery selects DuPont technologies

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

DuPont Clean Technologies (DuPont) has signed contracts with Honeywell UOP to provide STRATCO® alkylation and MECS® Advanced sulfuric acid regeneration (SAR) technologies for the Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Co. (KIPIC). The 9100 bpsd STRATCO alkylation unit and 70 mtpd MECS Advanced SAR unit were secured for the Petrochemical Refinery Integration Al-Zour (PRIZe) project in Al-Zour, Kuwait.

PRIZe is a large greenfield refinery, currently under construction in southern Kuwait. This 615 000 bpsd refinery is part of Kuwait’s strategy to reduce sulfur emissions from vehicles and power plants. Startup is targeted for 2Q22. With the PRIZe project, Kuwait aims to become a major player in the ultra-low sulfur fuel market and plans to increase KNPC’s domestic refining capacity from 0.94 million bpd to 1.42 million bpd.

The alkylation unit will feature the Contactor XP2 technology in the STRATCO Contactor reactors. This reactor enhancement makes effective use of the tube bundle heat transfer area, ensuring the highest quality alkylate product from the MTBE raffinate feedstock.

Licensed and designed by DuPont, the alkylation technology is a key offering in the industry with over 90 units licensed worldwide and more than 850 000 bpsd of installed capacity. For over 80 years, the STRATCO alkylation technology has helped refiners safely produce cleaner-burning fuel with high octane, low RVP, low sulfur and zero olefins.

The MECS Advanced SAR technology, also licensed and designed by DuPont, is the leading technology for sulfuric acid regeneration in the market and is part of the suite of MECS MAX3 technologies. This reliable, dry gas technology produces the desired 99.2 wt% sulfuric acid strength for optimum alkylation unit performance. MECS Advanced SAR units are designed for a high on-stream time to avoid disrupting the alkylation unit’s operation and production schedule.

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