ranked by Forbes as the worlds
12th largest oil company, is nearing completion of a
new paraxylene crystallization plant at its integrated refinery/petrochemical site in Skikda,
Algeria. Start-up is scheduled for December of
plants core units will utilize CrystPX and GT-IsomPX,
both licensed from GTC Technology. CrystPX recovers
paraxylene from reformate feedstock while GT-IsomPX, using
ISOXYL catalyst from Clariant, isomerizes C8
aromatics into additional
also includes naphtha hydrotreating and reforming, aromatics
extraction, and other aromatics operations. Samsung Engineering
Co., Ltd. provided EPC services for the new facilities.
paraxylene plant was originally part of Sonatrachs petrochemical subsidiary, Naftec,
which Sonatrach absorbed in 2009.
units continue Sonatrachs long-term expansion plans for additional refining and petrochemical capacity at its facilities in Algeria to meet the
growing domestic demand for oil products.