Honeywell's UOP announced Thursday that Pakistan Refinery
Ltd. (PRL) will use
process technology and modular equipment from UOP to help the
company meet growing domestic demand for gasoline.
will help PRL convert
naphtha, which it currently exports, to high-octane gasoline.
PRL will use UOP's Penex
to produce isomerate, a
high-value gasoline blending component. The use of isomerate
will also help PRLs efforts to produce environment
that enable reduced passenger car emissions.
PRL selected UOP to deliver the process unit in modular form
to help ensure it is built to specification and delivered on
time and on budget.
Our ability to deliver a total, modularized solution
for PRLs Penex
unit provides reliable project
execution from a quality,
delivery and cost perspective, said Pete Piotrowski,
senior vice president and general manager of UOP's process technology
With our modular equipment offering, we provide
detailed engineering design, procurement, and shop
pre-fabrication of the process unit to provide the
highest-quality end product," he added.
process units are usually
built in the field by third-party engineering, procurement
(EPC) companies. UOP
modular units, however, are built at an offsite fabrication
shop -- where adverse weather and wind conditions do not
cause delays. The modular units are fully inspected prior to
delivery to the customer to help ensure quality and
compliance to specifications.
Reduced onsite installation time can potentially result in
earlier start up, further optimizing customer project
economics. UOP offers
modularized equipment for refining
and gas processing
units. The offering provides single-point responsibility for
execution in a variety of
applications, according to UOP officials.
In addition to licensing and modular equipment, UOP will
provide catalyst, adsorbent, engineering, technical support
and a drier regeneration control system for extended catalyst
life for PRLs Penex unit, which will process
5,000 bpd of light naphtha.
The unit is expected to start up by mid-2015.
As gasoline production evolves to meet new and more stringent
product specifications, UOPs Penex
allows refiners to upgrade light naphtha feedstock
to produce isomerate, a
gasoline blend-stock which does not contain benzene,
aromatics or olefins. In addition, the process uses
UOPs portfolio of proven, high-activity isomerization
and benzene saturation catalysts to remove benzene.
To date, UOP has sold more than 220 Penex units, and
its isomerization catalysts have been loaded into more than
300 units worldwide.
Pakistan Refinery Ltd. is a hydro-skimming refinery
which processes 50,000
bpd of crude oil to meet the strategic and domestic fuel
requirements of the country. It is located on the coastal
belt of Karachi, Pakistan.