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Petron expands Limay Refinery

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Petron Corp. will expand and upgrade its Limay refinery in the Philippines with technologies from Honeywell UOP. When the project is completed, the refinery will produce 75 000 bpd of refined fuels and 1 million tpy of aromatics, increasing its capacity by 55%.

Honeywell UOP will provide the basic engineering design, licensing and services for a condensate fractionation unit, naphtha hydrotreater, and UOP CCR PlatformingTM, SulfolaneTM, LPG and kerosene MeroxTM and distillate UnionfiningTM units. These technologies will allow Petron to meet growing domestic demand for motor fuels by upgrading 100 000 bpd of condensates and light crude oils to aromatics and automotive fuels.

With a population of 104 million people, the Philippines imported 46% of its gasoline, 59% of its diesel and 69% of its liquefied petroleum gas in 2017.

Honeywell UOP's CCR Platforming process produces reformate for high-octane, low-sulfur gasoline and aromatics, and is a reliable, continuous source of high-purity hydrogen for the production of other fuel products. Its Sulfolane process recovers high purity benzene and toluene from reformate. The Merox process treats the naphtha feedstock to meet product specifications, while distillate Unionfining is a hydrotreating process that removes contaminants from feed streams.

"This is a major expansion of refining capacity in the Philippines, and it will help the country satisfy its growing demand for cleaner-burning gasoline and diesel with domestic production," said John Gugel, president of Honeywell UOP. "The expansion also adds a second aromatics train for Petron so it can better meet the growing demand for those products in the region."

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