Lukoil licenses UOP technology for petrochemicals, gasoline production in Russia

Honeywell’s UOP has been selected by Russia's Lukoil to provide technology to produce blending components used to make high-octane gasoline and petrochemicals at its facility in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

Lukoil will license an integrated suite of Honeywell's UOP technologies to produce high-quality gasoline blending components, propylene and other petrochemicals, the company said.

“Refining and petrochemical integration offers many benefits, including feedstock and energy maximization, reduced investment and operating costs, and higher product yields,” said Pete Piotrowski, senior vice president and general manager of Honeywell's UOP process technology and equipment business unit.

“With legislation in the Russian Federation calling for improved gasoline quality, as well as the region's rising petrochemicals demand, UOP is pleased to offer technology solutions that work together to meet those needs,” he added.

Russia is the third largest energy consumer in the world, and demand is growing due to increasing economic activity, according to the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC).

Particularly, gasoline demand is increasing due to the rise in passenger vehicle utilization, UOP said.

The suite of Honeywell's UOP technology will be used in a new integrated fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) complex, the second such complex to be licensed by Lukoil at the Nizhny Novgorod facility.

In 2005, Lukoil licensed the UOP FCC process, the UOP HF alkylation process, the UOP Huels selective hydrogenation process (SHP) and the UOP Butamer process to produce gasoline and petrochemical components.

The new units, expected to start up in 2015, will produce more than 1 million tpy of gasoline blending components and more than 170,000 tpy of propylene.

In addition to technology licensing, UOP and a number of its affiliates will provide engineering design, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, staff training and technical service for the project, the company said.

Further details on UOP technology to be used in the Lukoil project can be found in a company news release.

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