KIPIC to use Honeywell technology at Al-Zour refinery

Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC), a new subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum (KPC), is planning to expand its refining and petrochemical complex at Al-Zour, south of Kuwait City, by using a range of process technologies from Honeywell UOP, a licensor of refining and petrochemical process technology.

As part of the deal, Honeywell UOP will deliver technology licences, design services, key equipment, as well as catalysts and adsorbents to produce clean-burning fuels, paraxylene, propylene and other petrochemicals.

Honeywell UOP Process Technology and Equipment vice-president and general manager John Gugel 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 expansion will see the construction of a 50,000 barrels per day (bpd) RFCC complex with ethylene and propylene recovery, and a 24,000bpd Honeywell UOP Select-fining unit to produce low-sulphur petrol.

"When completed, this will be the largest integrated refinery and petrochemicals plant ever constructed in Kuwait."

Under the project, 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.

A Butamer unit is also included in the project to convert normal butane to isobutane.

The project will also include a 66,000bpd CCR Platforming unit with a 74,000bpd naphtha hydrotreater to make petrol blend stock, and an LD Parex aromatics complex.

The complex includes the Honeywell UOP Sulfolane, Isomar and Tatoray processes, to make 1.4 million metric tonnes per year of paraxylene, a primary ingredient in plastics.

Additionally, an Oleflex propane dehydrogenation unit will produce 660,000 metric tonnes per year of polymer-grade propylene, which is used in the production of plastics, synthetic rubber and petrol additives.