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KIPIC to expand Al-Zour refinery

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Honeywell has announced that Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Co. (KIPIC) will use a range of process technologies from Honeywell UOP for the expansion of its refining and petrochemical complex at Al-Zour, south of Kuwait City, Kuwait.

Honeywell UOP will supply technology licenses, design services, key equipment, and state-of-the-art catalysts and adsorbents to produce clean-burning fuels, paraxylene, propylene and other petrochemicals.

John Gugel, Vice President and General Manager, Process Technology and Equipment at Honeywell UOP, said: "When completed, this will be the largest integrated refinery and petrochemicals plant ever constructed in Kuwait […] In addition to aromatics and propylene, the Euro-V fuels it will produce will be the cornerstone of Kuwait's clean fuels initiative."

The project includes a 50 000 bpd residue fluid catalytic cracking (RFCC) complex with ethylene and propylene recovery, as well as a 24 000 bpd Honeywell UOP Selectfining™ unit to produce low-sulfur gasoline. Two Honeywell UOP Merox™ units will be used to treat propane for propylene production, and isobutane to make clean-fuels blending components, including MTBE produced by a UOP Ethermax™ unit. Also included is a Butamer™ unit to convert normal butane to isobutane.

The contract also includes a 66 000 bpd CCR Platforming™ unit with a 74 000 bpd naphtha hydrotreater to make gasoline blend stock, and an LD Parex™ aromatics complex - including the Honeywell UOP Sulfolane™, Isomar™ and Tatoray™ processes – to make 1.4 tpy of paraxylene.

In addition, an Oleflex™ propane dehydrogenation unit will produce 660 000 tpy of polymer-grade propylene.

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