Monday, 20 June 2022

New award for Diesel Hydrotreating and Hydrogen Recovery Unit by consortium with a Brazilian Affiliate Company

Toyo Engineering Corporation (TOYO, President Haruo Nagamatsu), together with its Brazilian affiliate TOYO-SETAL Empreendimentos Ltda. (TSE*1), has been awarded a contract by Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (PETROBRAS, Head Office: Rio de Janeiro) for the construction of a new Diesel Oil Hydrotreating Unit and Hydrogen Recovery Unit at the Replan Refinery*2 (REPLAN).
As part of PETROBRAS' 2022-2026 strategic plan, this project will boost production of S-10 diesel*3 (ultra-low sulfur diesel) by 63,000 bpd and all diesel produced at the refinery will be low sulfur. The consortium of TOYO and TSE will undertake the entire EPC work from detailed engineering, procurement of equipment and materials, construction work, and commissioning, with completion scheduled for 2025.

PETROBRAS plans to invest US$ 6.1 billion over the next five years to increase capacity at existing refineries and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Starting with this project, TOYO is aiming to win more awards for future projects and contribute to the creation of an environmentally friendly society.

*1 TSE: A wholly owned subsidiary of TS Participações S.A. (TSPI), a Brazilian corporation established in May 2012 by TOYO and SOG - Oleo e Gas (SOG), a major Brazilian engineering company, each with a 50% of shares. TSE is an operating company that mainly performs EPC for onshore facilities, and TSPI is an equity method affiliate of TOYO.
*2 Replan Refinery: The largest refinery in Brazil, established in May 1972. Processing capacity is 434,000 bpd.
*3 S-10 diesel: Diesel oil with low environmental impact in which the sulfur content of diesel oil is reduced to less than 10 ppm through desulfurization treatment. It has been introduced in Brazil since 2013.

Thursday, 2 June 2022

Linde Engineering to Extend Slovnaft’s Polypropylene Capacity in Slovakia

Linde Engineering today announced it has been selected by Slovnaft, a member of the MOL Group, a leading integrated Central Eastern European oil and gas corporation, to conduct a complex large-scale revamp of a polypropylene (PP3) plant in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The revamp will extend the plant’s capacity by 18 percent to 300 kilotons of polypropylene per year, and the storage facility will be expanded from the current 45 to 61 silos in total. The revamped plant has been designed to offer a higher degree of operational flexibility by producing multiple product grades and utilizing intermediate storage to ensure just-in-time production. Furthermore, the project will incorporate environmental measures to capture waste gas streams in compliance with local regulations.

“The revamp will enable Slovnaft to meet rising demands from the polyolefin processing industry. The project is challenging given its complexity: Interdependency with other process facilities allows only a narrow time frame for a shutdown. With our proven expertise and best-in-class services, we will be able to complete all installation works, including construction, commissioning and testing,” said Juergen Nowicki, CEO Linde Engineering.

Several studies performed by Linde Engineering between 2016 and 2020 laid the foundation for Slovnaft’s investment decision. “One of the goals of our updated 2030+ strategy is to reduce the production of fossil fuels and strengthen the production of basic plastics. Linde Engineering is our reliable partner. Less than 20 years ago, the company built the PP3 polypropylene production unit in Slovnaft and now it will renovate and modernize it,” said Gabriel Szabó, Executive Vice President of Downstream at MOL Group.

Monday, 25 April 2022

Tupras awards Tekfen FCC upgrade project

Tekfen Construction and Installation Co. Inc., an affiliate of Tekfen Holding Company has received a letter of award from Türkiye Petrol Rafinerileri A.Ş. (Tüpraş) for Tüpraş İzmir Refinery “FCC Revamp Project”. The scope of Project consists of equipment and material procurement and construction of FCC Unit with a total duration of 33 months. Project value is USD 54,5 million.

LyondellBasell Announces Plans to Exit Refining Business

LyondellBasell today announced its decision to cease operation of its Houston Refinery no later than December 31, 2023. In the interim, the Company will continue serving the fuels market, which is expected to remain strong in the near-term, and consider potential transactions and alternatives for the site.

"After thoroughly analyzing our options, we have determined that exiting the refining business by the end of next year is the best strategic and financial path forward for the Company," said Ken Lane, interim CEO of LyondellBasell. "These decisions are never easy and we understand this has a very real impact on our refinery employees, their families and the community. We are committed to supporting our people through this transition."

Lane added, "While this was a difficult decision, our exit of the refining business advances the Company's decarbonization goals, and the site's prime location gives us more options for advancing our future strategic objectives, including circularity."

LyondellBasell's Houston Refinery has a rated capacity to transform 268,000 barrels per day of crude oil into transportation fuels and other products including lubricants, chemical intermediates and petroleum coke.

Thursday, 21 April 2022

Fuhaichuang Petrochemical Selects Axens Ebullated-Bed Residue Hydrocracking Technology (H-Oil®) to Boost the Profitability of its Assets

Fuhaichuang Petrochemical Co., Ltd, one of the main private Chinese refiner, has selected Axens’ Ebullated-bed residue hydrocracking technology (H-Oil®) for a capacity of 1.5 MTA as the key unit of its residue upgrading plan in its petrochemical complex located in the port of Gulei, Fujian Province, China.

The project aims at producing Very Low Sulfur Fuel Oil (VLSFO) meeting RMG 380 specification from Vacuum Residue feedstock along with Middle Distillates (naphtha and diesel) that will be further upgraded within the existing assets of the refinery.

Axens scope of work includes the supply of process design package, and full services from plant personnel training to unit start-up.

The H-Oil® solution proposed by Axens and tailored for Fuhaichuang Petrochemical is unique in a sense that it will allow to cope with challenging targets of VLSFO production, with one single train unit without importing low sulfur cutterstock. The use of specific operating conditions, latest yet industrially proven design, and a new generation of supported catalyst from Shell Catalysts & Technologies are the main contributors for this achievement.
Wang Xiaojun
Technical Manager of Refining

This project demonstrates the competitiveness of Axens to support existing refineries in improving their economic resilience by offering efficient, flexible and sustainable technology solutions.
Yu Chunyu
Director of Feed Adaptability and Debottlenecking project

About H-Oil® Technology

Axens is the leader in the market of the ebullated-bed technologies with more than 25 references all around the world. With its extensive operating experience, H-Oil® is the most mature and reliable solution for residue upgrading. H-Oil® meets the challenge of converting heavy feedstock residues into essentially distillate products, ranging from vacuum gasoil (VGO) to naphtha. Since 2014, the Axens’ ebullated-bed residue hydrocracking H-Oil® technology has been adopted by several Chinese refineries, public as well as private, demonstrating the H-Oil® ability to cope with several refining objectives and to be an energy efficient and cost effective solution.

About Fuhaichuang Petrochemical Co., Ltd Fujian

Fuhaichuang Petrochemical Co., Ltd. established in 2017 in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, is jointly invested and established by Fuhua Petrochemical Group Co., Ltd. and Dragon group, of which Fuhua Petrochemical Group Co., Ltd. holds 90%. The company is a large petrochemical enterprise specializing in the operation of chemical products, investment and development of petrochemical projects, and maintenance of petrochemical equipment. The company's Px, PTA and supporting devices are an important part of Fuhua Petrochemical Group in building Gulei petrochemical industry group.

About Fuhua Petrochemical Group Company

Established in 1998, Fuhua Petrochemical Group Co., Ltd. is a leading enterprise in Fujian Petrochemical Industry. It has 33 first-class wholly-owned, holding and participating subsidiaries and is mainly engaged in investment and trade in oil refining and chemical industry, production, operation, scientific research and design of chemical products, and produces and operates more than 50 products, such as Ethylene, PX, PTA, caustic soda, polyether, propylene oxide, and other chemical intermediates.


Friday, 11 March 2022

Aramco and Sinopec strengthen ties with potential downstream collaboration in China

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (“Aramco”) through its Saudi Aramco Asia Company Limited (“SAAC”) subsidiary today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (“Sinopec”) for potential downstream collaboration in China.

SAAC and Sinopec also aim to support Fujian Refining and Petrochemical Company, Ltd. (“FREP”) in conducting a feasibility study into the optimization and expansion of capacity.

This MoU provides a basis for continued downstream collaboration between Aramco and Sinopec, capitalizing on each company’s strengths and their long-term relationship through existing joint ventures, namely FREP and Sinopec Senmei (Fujian) Petroleum Company (SSPC) in China, and Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company in Saudi Arabia.

Mohammed Y. Al Qahtani, Aramco Senior Vice President of Downstream, said: “This MoU represents an exciting new chapter in our long-standing relationship with Sinopec. Such collaborations promote our downstream integration and expansion strategy in Asia and support our broader objectives of becoming a global leader in liquids-to-chemicals and a resilient and reliable supplier of one of the lowest upstream carbon intensity oils to meet China’s growing demand.”

Yu Baocai, President of Sinopec Corporation, said: “Sinopec and Aramco enjoy a long history bookmarked by numerous examples of successful cooperation which continues to strengthen our strategic relationship. Both companies cooperate in mutually beneficial crude trading, refining and chemical joint ventures, engineering services as well as science and technology research and development. Together such collaboration represents a model of energy cooperation between China and Saudi Arabia. The signing of this MOU will support our refinery feedstock optimization and downstream petrochemical development, while offering new opportunities to deepen and expand activity amid an accelerating global energy transition.”

Thursday, 10 February 2022

Tupras Selects Isoalky™ Technology for Its Refineries to Produce High Octane Alkylate

Honeywell UOP announced today that Tüpras has selected ISOALKY™ technology to produce high-quality alkylate at Tüpraş refineries, making the Turkish company the latest to convert to the new liquid alkylation process to meet the demands for cleaner-burning fuels. The announcement the ISOALKY units by Tüpras follows the announcement that Big West Oil will revamp its existing HF unit with ISOALKY technology.

“We are pleased to have selected UOP’s breakthrough alkylation technology for our refineries.” said İhsan Serdar Kemaloğlu, Assistant General Manager at Tüpraş, “We chose ISOALKY over other alkylation technologies due to key advantages. This project will enable Tupras to produce high quality gasoline which is a key component in delivering cleaner gasoline product to the market. The new technology is part of our Sustainable Refining initiative in line with our goal of providing clean energy solutions on our path to become carbon neutral by 2050 as we focus on new sustainable, core business areas.”.

ISOALKY is a cost-effective solution that offers both safety and performance advantages over other alkylation process technologies. Honeywell UOP and Chevron U.S.A. received the 2017 Platts Breakthrough Solution of the Year award in recognition for the development of the ISOALKY™ process.

ISOALKY technology produces high octane alkylate, low in sulfur with zero aromatics which all help lower emissions and tailpipe pollution[1]. Standardizing on high octane fuels like alkylate for light-duty, gasoline-powered vehicles can make a vast difference for the environment and will help drivers go further on each gallon of gasoline[2].

In the US alone, it is estimated that standardization of 95 octane gasoline would reduce carbon emissions from light duty cars and SUVs by 2.69 million metric tons and by another 1.11 million metric tons for pickup trucks[3]. This is expected to play a significant role in decarbonizing of transportation fuels, unlocking cleaner, fuel-efficient transportation options.

“Cleaner-burning fuels are going to continue to be key in achieving decarbonization of the transportation industry. ISOALKY technology is becoming the preferred solution for our customers to meet that rising demand,” said Laura Leonard, Vice President and General Manager, Honeywell UOP Process Technologies. “Honeywell has provided refining technology and process automation to Tüpras refineries for several decades, helping to build Turkey’s domestic oil industry.”

ISOALKY technology can be used in new refineries as well as in existing facilities undergoing capital expansion or retrofit applications. ISOALKY technology has wider and improved feed flexibility relative to conventional alkylation technologies. Ionic liquids are regenerated on-site with a simple process, eliminating the need for road or marine transportation for offsite regeneration and polymer byproduct handling.
Based in Izmir, Izmit, Kirikkale and Batman, Tupras refines and produces crude oil into high-quality motor fuels and other specialty chemicals. Tüpraş is the first producer in Turkey’s refining sector and the largest industrial enterprise of the country, operating four oil refineries with a total of 30 million tons annual crude oil processing capacity.