INEOS taps KBR to build Texas ethylene furnace

KBR has landed a deal to design and construct an ethylene furnace for INEOS at its olefins complex in Alvin, Texas.

Upon commissioning, the furnace will provide the highest achievable ethylene yields in the industry, the company said.

The executed agreements with INEOS include provision of a technology license, engineering, procurement, supply of equipment and materials, and construction of the furnace, according to KBR.

The furnace design will add 465 million lb/year of furnace production capacity to the INEOS Chocolate Bayou olefins complex in Alvin, Texas.

This furnace will use KBR’s high-performance Selective Cracking and Optimum Recovery (SCORETM) ethylene technology and process NGL feedstocks, according to company officials.

The furnace will also include KBR’s latest generation Ultra Low NOx burner technology and a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) bed to reduce emissions of nitrous oxides.

“The new agreements with INEOS build on the valuable partnership between KBR downstream and technology to provide fully integrated EPC solutions to our olefins customers," said Roy Oelking, group president of KBR Hydrocarbons.

KBR completed a distinctive compliance project at INEOS’ olefins plant No. 1 at Chocolate Bayou, increasing ethylene production at the complex to its present capacity and further allowing it to reduce NOx emissions as part of an overall plan to meet regulatory compliance standards.

"We are pleased to have selected KBR as the provider of the sixth SCORETM furnace for our Chocolate Bayou olefins complex," said Dennis Seith, CEO of INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

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