UOP technology picked at Brunei aromatics project

Technology from Honeywell's UOP has been selected to produce key petrochemicals in a new complex in Brunei, officials said on Tuesday.

Brunei Hengyi Industries, a subsidiary of China's Zhejiang Hengyi Group, will use several UOP technologies to produce aromatics, which are key materials used in the production of polymers, plastics, resins and synthetic fibers such as polyester and nylon.

"As the demand for aromatics grows in the region, producers are looking for ways to maximize product yields, while reducing production costs and minimizing investment costs," said Pete Piotrowski, senior vice president and general manager of UOP's process technology and equipment business.

"UOP's integrated aromatics technology will provide the lowest energy consumption, cost of production and overall investment cost," he added.

Aromatics products derived at the facility will help meet growing demand for plastics and synthetic fibers in the region, according to the company. 

The project, to be located in Pulau Muara Besar, Brunei Darussalam, is expected to be one of the largest aromatics complexes in the world.

The project will combine a 2.2 million tpy hydrocracking unit, utilizing the UOP Unicracking process and catalysts; a 3.3 million tpy UOP CCR Platforming unit; and a 1.5 million tpy UOP Parex unit.

Additionally, the fully-integrated complex will license UOP's Isomar process, its Tatoray process and the ED Sulfolane process.

In addition to technology licensing, UOP says it will provide engineering, training and technical services, catalysts, adsorbents, and specialty equipment for the project. Aromatics production is expected to start up in 2015.

Further details on the aforementioned UOP processes can be found in the news release at the company's website.

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