Technology from Honeywell's UOP has been selected to
produce key petrochemicals in a new complex in
Brunei, officials said on Tuesday.
Brunei Hengyi Industries, a subsidiary of China's Zhejiang
Hengyi Group, will use several UOP technologies to produce
aromatics, which are key materials used in the production of
polymers, plastics, resins and synthetic fibers such as
polyester and nylon.
"As the demand for aromatics grows in the region, producers
are looking for ways to maximize product yields, while reducing
production costs and minimizing investment costs," said Pete
Piotrowski, senior vice president and general manager of UOP's
process technology and equipment
"UOP's integrated aromatics technology will provide the lowest
energy consumption, cost of production and overall investment
cost," he added.
Aromatics products derived at the facility will help meet
growing demand for plastics and synthetic fibers in the region,
according to the company.
The project, to be located in Pulau
Muara Besar, Brunei Darussalam, is expected to be one of the
largest aromatics complexes in the world.
The project will combine a 2.2
million tpy hydrocracking unit, utilizing the UOP
Unicracking process and catalysts; a 3.3 million
tpy UOP CCR Platforming unit; and a 1.5 million
tpy UOP Parex unit.
Additionally, the fully-integrated complex will
license UOP's Isomar process, its
Tatoray process and the ED Sulfolane
In addition to technology licensing, UOP says
it will provide engineering, training and technical
services, catalysts, adsorbents, and specialty equipment for
the project. Aromatics production is
expected to start up in 2015.
Further details on the aforementioned UOP processes can be
found in the news release at the company's website.