UOP to provide technology for Brunei aromatics complex


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Brunei Hengyi Industries, a subsidiary of China's Zhejiang Hengyi Group, has selected Honeywell's UOP technologies to produce aromatics at its new complex in Brunei.

The proposed project, which Brunei Hengyi claims to be one of the largest aromatics complexes, will combine a 2.2 million metric tonnes per annum (MMTA) hydrocracking unit, a 3.3 MMTA UOP CCR Platforming unit and a 1.5 MMTA UOP Parex unit.

The hydrocracking unit will use the UOP Unicracking process that upgrades various feedstocks to distillates such as naptha, kerosene and diesel, while the platforming unit will utilise the UOP CCR Platforming process that selectively converts low-quality naptha to benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX) that are used for plastics production.

UOP's Parex process will be used in the Parex unit for recovering para-xylene from mixed xylenes and offering high on-stream efficiency.

"The hydrocracking unit will use the UOP Unicracking process that upgrades various feedstocks to distillates."

UOP Isomar, UOP Tatoray and UOP ED Sulfolane processes are also expected to be used at the optimised aromatics complex.

Honeywell UOP process technology and equipment business unit senior vice president and general manager Pete Piotrowski said: "UOP's integrated aromatics technology will provide the lowest energy consumption, cost of production and overall investment cost."

The complex, which will help meet growing demand for plastics and synthetic fibres in the region, is expected to start its production in 2015.

In addition to technology licensing, UOP will provide engineering, training and technical services, catalysts, adsorbents and specialty equipment for the project.


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