CB&I licenses process technology for new China acid alkylation project

CB&I has been awarded a contract by Shandong Wonfull Petrochemical to provide the license and processing engineering design for asolid acid alkylation unit in China, officials said on Tuesday.

The unit will be capable of producing 100,000 tpy of alkylate. It is scheduled for startup in early 2014.

The unit, the first of its kind in China, will use the AlkyClean process technology partnered by CB&I's technology operating group, Albemarle and Neste Oil.

"CB&I is excited to be working on the first-ever commercialization of a solid-acid alkylation unit in the world," said Daniel McCarthy, president of CB&I's technology operating group.

"Alkylate has high octane and virtually no sulfur, olefins and aromatics. This makes it an ideal gasoline blend stock for every refiner to meet the upcoming stringent Tier 3 and Euro-V gasoline pool specifications in an environmentally safe manner."

The solid acid catalyst for the AlkyClean process is supplied by Albemarle.

The company did not disclose where in China the plant would be built. Financial details were also not released.

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