Gazprom licenses UOP, ExxonMobil technology to upgrade Moscow refinery
The new technology will enable Gazprom Neft to improve its production of refined distillates at its Moscow oil refinery. The refiner will combine UOP Distillate Unionfining hydroprocessing solutions with EMRE's distillate de-waxing technology to produce low-sulfur diesel.
Honeywell's UOP and ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. (EMRE) have finalized a technology licensing agreement with a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, the companies announced on Thursday.
The deal was arranged under a joint marketing alliance between UOP and EMRE.
The new technology will enable Gazprom to improve its production of refined distillates at its Moscow oil refinery. The refiner will combine UOP Distillate Unionfining hydroprocessing solutions with EMRE's distillate de-waxing technology to produce low-sulfur diesel.
"The combined UOP and EMRE technology platform offers the Moscow Oil Refinery a single, integrated solution for its hydroprocessing and fuel de-waxing needs," said Pete Piotrowski, vice president and general manager of UOP's process technology and equipment business.
The Moscow refinery will install a hydroprocessing unit using UOP and EMRE technology as part of the plant's modernization program. The project will integrate UOP Distillate Unionfining technology with EMRE's MIDW processes for de-waxing diesel feedstocks.
"Together, UOP's hydroprocessing solutions and EMRE's distillate de-waxing technology will help Moscow Oil improve its high-quality, low-sulfur diesel refining capabilities," said Vince Alberico, manager of technology, sales and licensing for EMRE.
The UOP Distillate Unionfining process improves the quality of kerosene, jet fuel and diesel to meet stringent fuel regulations, while EMRE's MIDW is a selective catalytic de-waxing process that can improve yields of high-quality diesel with excellent cold flow properties.
The addition of the hydrotreating unit will allow the refinery to produce fuel to meet more stringent Euro V emissions standards for motor vehicles.
This agreement marks the first project in Russia to be launched under the joint EMRE-UOP alliance formed in 2012.