Technology from Honeywell's UOP has been selected by
the largest refiner in Kazakhstan to help it upgrade its
facility and boost the production of gasoline and diesel, the
company said on Thursday.
The Pavlodar Oil Chemical Refinery
(POCR) of KazMunaiGas will use a range of UOP
processes and services to modernize its facility in Northeast
Kazakhstan Province, allowing it to meet Euro-5 standards aimed
at reducing motor vehicle pollution.
UOP technology will play a large role in POCRs
modernization efforts, which will
improve its production capacity and help meet strict fuel
standards, said Pete Piotrowski, senior vice president
and general manager of UOP's process technology and equipment business
UOPs technology suite and services will
help POCR capture a high return on investment, and we look
forward to successful implementation and start-up.
Established in 1978, POCR is one of Kazakhstans three
oil refineries, and it is the countrys largest oil
processing enterprise. It processed about 100,000 bpd in 2010,
accounting for 30% of refined product output in the
After Russia, Kazakhstan has the largest oil reserves and
the largest oil production in the former Soviet Union,
according to the Energy Information Administration. The country
is expected to produce 1.6 million bpd of oil this year.
Since 1998, Honeywell has been expanding its presence in
Kazakhstans oil and gas, aviation, and construction sectors in support of
the countrys growing energy needs, according to the
company, which notes that its technology will
also help the country meet energy efficiency directives
for cleaner transportation fuels.
Kazakhstan has announced that by January 1, 2016, all
refineries will meet Euro-5 gasoline and diesel production
standards, which were implemented to help curb motor vehicle
pollution. Euro-5 is a directive by the European Union that
defines acceptable limits for exhaust emissions.
In the latest project, POCR will use a
suite of UOP technology for the revamp. The new units,
expected to start up in 2015, will process 7.5 million
metric tpy of crude feedstock into gasoline blending
components and high-quality diesel, increasing the depth of
conversion to more than 90%.
In addition to technology licensing, UOP and a
number of its affiliates will provide key process equipment,
catalysts, staff training and technical service.
Further details on specific UOP technologies to be used in
the project can be read here.