KBR secures contract to revamp FCC unit in China


Global engineering, procurement, and construction company KBR has secured a contract from an undisclosed client from China to revamp a fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) unit with Maxofin technology.

Under the licence and basic engineering design contract, KBR will provide the licensing package for the Maxofin conversion of the FCC unit located in Shandong Province, China.

Developed by KBR, the Maxofin technology allows upgrade of current FCC units to make higher amounts of propylene, a petrochemical feedstock, and also be able to help retain the flexibility of FCC plants to produce more gasoline.

"Maxofin technology is a flexible option to help clients increase their propylene production without major grassroots capital investment."

The company has not disclosed the value of the contract.

KBR technology andconsulting president John Derbyshire said: "This project demonstrates our commitment to deliver innovative technologies that help the client meet their performance objectives.

"Maxofin technology is a flexible option to help clients increase their propylene production without major grassroots capital investment."

Claimed to develop the world's first FCC commercial unit in 1942, KBR has so far executed more than 120 FCC projects across the globe.

As well as traditional FCC technology, KBR provides KBR maxdiesel that is said to increase diesel yield from FCC VGO stream and several other FCC configuration options.

Last May, KBR secured a contract from OJSC Togliattiazot (ToAZ) to provide licensing, basic engineering design, front-end engineering and design services to revamp the latter's seven ammonia plants located in Togliatti, Samara region, Russia.