Russian-based Lukoil will license an integrated suite of Honeywell UOP technologies to produce blending components and propylene at their facility in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
The components will be used to manufacture high-octane gasoline and petrochemicals, while propylene, a building block material, is used to produce films, packaging and other petrochemicals.
Honeywell UOP technologies will be utitlised in a new integrated fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) complex, which is Honeywell UOP's second FCC complex to be licensed by Lukoil at its Nizhny Novgorod facility.
Apart from technology licensing, Honeywell affiliates will supply engineering design, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, staff training and technical services for the project.
Pete Piotrowski, Honeywell UOP Process Technology and Equipment business unit senior vice president and general manager, said refining and petrochemical integration offers many benefits, including feedstock and energy maximisation, reduced investment and operating costs and higher product yields.
"With legislation in the Russian Federation calling for improved gasoline quality, as well as the region's rising petrochemicals demand, UOP is pleased to offer technology solutions that work together to meet those needs," Piotrowski added.
In 2005, Lukoil licensed the UOP FCC Process, the UOP HF Alkylation Process, the UOP Huels Selective Hydrogenation Process (SHP) and the UOP Butamer Process to generate gasoline and petrochemical components.
The new units in Russia are expected to begin operations in 2015 and produce more than 1mmts of gasoline blending components and more than 170,000mtpy of propylene.