KBR and Shell Global Solutions plan to expand their
hydroprocessing technology alliance, the companies announced on
In addition to hydrocracking and hydrotreating, KBR
will now market, sell and provide technology and design packages for
Shell's deep-flash, high-vacuum unit distillation and thermal conversion
KBR said the new alliance terms will help refinery operators that want to
improve their distillation performance to optimize
assets, minimize expenditures and capital investment, and
To meet those goals, refiners can use deep cut vacuum distillation to maximize the
recovery of distillate from residue.
Also, with the falling demand for residue fuel oil, refiners
can use thermal conversion technologies to convert the bottom
barrel to higher value products, company officials said.
The expansion of the alliance
underscores our success to date and allows us to deliver a much
broader refinery scope of value-focused technology, said John
Derbyshire, president of KBR Technology. The addition of
these technologies enables us to better address refiners
long-term needs for margin improvement, while continuing to
meet environmental requirements.
Our early successes demonstrate that refiners value
the synergies between KBRs technology and engineering
experience and Shells operating and catalyst
experience, added Süleyman Özmen, vice
president of refining and chemical licensing for
Shell Global Solutions.