The Shaw Group and Axens have been selected to license a
next-generation catalytic cracking technology that will help
refiners maximize the production of propylene and other
high-value refinery products.
The advanced technology, High Severity Fluidized Catalytic
Cracking (HS-FCC), will produce higher yields of propylene and
other light valuable products than conventional fluidized
catalytic cracking units. The technology developers selected
Shaw and Axens to promote and license the technology
The HS-FCC technology has evolved during a 15-year
development effort that combines the innovation of five
separate entities. During phase one, Japan's JX Nippon Oil
& Energy and Saudi Arabia's King Fahd University of
Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) formed a research venture. JX,
who leads the technology developers, provided
technical research, and KFUPM provided the location for initial
laboratory testing facilities.
During phase two, Saudi Aramco joined JX and KFUPM to
continue developing the technology. The expanded team
designed, built and operated a 30-bpd demonstration unit at
Saudi Aramco's Ras Tanura refinery.
JX embarked on the third phase of development including the
scaling-up of the demonstration unit to a 3,000-bpd
pre-commercial demonstration unit, which is being built at JX's
refinery in Mizushima, Japan. Shaw and Axens provided
engineering services for the unit, which is expected to be
operational in 2011.
"This next generation technology will be of great interest
to refiners who are looking to convert intermediate oils into
more valuable products than those available from conventional
fluid catalytic cracking units," said Lou Pucher, president of
Shaw's Energy & Chemicals Group. "HS-FCC potentially will
become the preferred platform for integrated refinery and petrochemical complexes."
The HS-FCC design uses Shaw and Axens' regeneration and
catalyst transfer technology and expertise that stems
from their 25-year fluid catalytic cracking relationship. The
two companies have licensed 50 grassroots units and performed
more than 200 revamp projects.