The alliance of Honeywells UOP and ExxonMobil Research
and Engineering Co. (EMRE) was chosen Tuesday by Rafinerija
Nafte Brod, Bosnia and Herzegovinas sole oil refinery, to provide technology for
upgrading the quality of refined lubricants and fuels.
The licensing agreement is the first under a joint licensing
alliance formed by UOP and EMRE last year.
The new technology will allow Rafinerija Nafte Brod to improve
its product quality and environmental performance, the
The refiner will combine UOPs Unicracking
hydroprocessing solutions with EMREs distillate and
lubricant de-waxing technologies to produce ultra-clean jet and
diesel fuels and high-quality lubricant base stocks.
The new Unicracking complex will help the refinery increase its fuel and lube
yields through an integrated and cost-effective approach,
said Pete Piotrowski, vice president and general manager of
process technology and equipment for UOP.
The EMRE technology platform provides a
one-stop solution for Rafinerija Nafte Brods
hydroprocessing and fuel de-waxing needs, added Vince
Alberico, manager of technology, sales and licensing for
The complex will include UOPs two-stage
Unicracking process integrated with ExxonMobils
MSDW process for selective dewaxing lubricant feedstocks, and its MIDW
processes for dewaxing diesel feedstocks.
The complex will upgrade more than 45,000 bpd of kerosene,
diesel and vacuum gas oil feedstock into high-quality diesel
and jet fuels.
It will also produce high-quality base oils that will be
used for the production of Group II and Group III lubricants at
Refineria Ulia Modricha, which is part of the oil refining production chain in Bosnia
The new complex is scheduled to start operations in
UOP says its Unicracking technology provides flexibility to
upgrade a variety of feedstocks to high-quality, lighter
transportation fuel products.
It can also be used to produce low-sulfur naphthas for
reforming into gasoline, or to upgrade FCC products for
additional distillate production or sulfur removal.
Meanwhile, ExxonMobils MSDW and MIDW
processes are advanced proprietary technologies to optimize
production of lubricants and distillate fuels, the company
The MSDW process is designed to overcome
high-sulfur environments and provides the
highest yields and viscosity available in the industry,
according to the company. MIDW is a selective catalytic
dewaxing process that can improve yields of high-quality diesel
with positive cold flow properties.