Honeywells UOP has been selected by the Samsung Total
Petrochemicals Co. joint venture to
provide technologies for the production of key petrochemicals and high-quality
diesel and jet fuel at its complex in Daesan, South Korea.
The integrated aromatics complex will be the first to employ
the latest energy-efficient designs from UOP, allowing Samsung
to reduce energy consumption by 33% and offering significant
savings in greenhouse gas emissions compared with earlier
designs, the company said.
"This facility will play an important role in meeting the
significant demand growth in the region," said Peter
Piotrowski, senior vice president of process technology and
equipment for Honeywell's UOP.
"Our proven and reliable technology, combined with the new
savings in energy and emissions we have incorporated into
the design, will offer Samsung a distinct advantage, he
The facility will use several integrated UOP technologies to
produce 1 million tpy of paraxylene and 500,000 tpy of
Paraxylene and benzene are key aromatics used in the
production of synthetic fibers and resins.
According to WorldPET, a consultant for the global
paraxylene industry, the demand for paraxylene in Northeast
Asia is expected to increase by 80% over the next five
UOP will provide engineering design, technology licensing, catalysts,
adsorbents, equipment and technical service for the new units,
which are expected to start up in 2014.
The integrated aromatics complex will use the UOP Parex,
Sulfolane, Tatoray, Isomar and CCR Platforming processes to
produce high-purity para-xylene and benzene, the company
The UOP Distillate Unionfining and Merox processes will be
utilized to to produce 2.6 million tpy of high-quality
distillate products, including diesel and jet fuels.
UOP also provided the technology for Samsung's first
aromatics complex, which started operation in 1996.
Samsung Total Petrochemicals Company is a joint
venture between Samsung General Chemicals and Total Petrochemical.
It produces a range of products, including olefins, base petrochemicals, byproduct fuels and
solvents, and operates 13 petrochemicals plants in Korea's