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Fuji Oil using Honeywell catalyst to produce more aromatics

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Fuji Oil Co., Ltd. has begun using Honeywell UOP’s new R-364 Platforming™ catalyst to produce more aromatics for chemical production at its Sodegaura refinery on Tokyo Bay in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

The R-364 catalyst converts naphtha feedstock into aromatics, which are used to make petrochemical compounds, or blended into gasoline to improve its octane rating. The high-activity catalyst features a design that can increase production of a CCR Platforming unit by up to 10%, and produces less coke than its R-264 predecessor.

“We count on UOP to develop new catalysts that improve our economics,” said Daiki Imai, General Manager of Operation Management Department for Fuji Oil. “The R-364 catalyst is a drop-in replacement catalyst that effectively increases our capacity and flexibility.”

“Fuji Oil selected the R-364 catalyst because it can increase the refinery’s production of aromatics by boosting throughput of the existing CCR Platforming unit,” said Mike Cleveland, Senior Business Director for Honeywell UOP’s refining catalysts product line. “The catalyst meets Fuji Oil’s requirements for performance, product quality and economics without modifications or investment in new equipment.”

Demand for gasoline in Japan has been declining since reaching a peak in 2004. Japanese refiners such as Fuji Oil have turned to manufacturing higher-value aromatics such as chemical grade benzene and mixed xylenes instead of gasoline. These aromatics have a greater value than motor fuels.

The CCR Platforming process is a continuous catalytic reforming process used throughout the petroleum industry to convert low-quality naphtha into blending stocks for gasoline, aromatics for plastics production and high-purity hydrogen. The CCR Platforming process is in operation at more than 250 customer sites.

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