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KBR forms technology alliance with RRT Global on isomerization in refining

US-based contractor KBR has signed an alliance agreement with RRT Global, an international provider of advanced technologies in modern oil refining processes, for the exclusive rights to license its PRIS Isomerization technology under the new brand name MAX-ISOM.

Global demand for motor fuels continues to rise, KBR explained, while stricter specifications on sulfur, benzene, olefins and total aromatics content in gasoline place a premium on cleaner burning blend stocks such as isomerate.

KBR's MAX-ISOM process is a unique technology that offers a highly cost-effective solution to produce high-octane gasoline blendstocks free of benzene, the company says.

Unlike conventional fixed-bed isomerization process technologies, MAX-ISOM can accommodate high benzene content in the feed, thanks to its best-in-class, long-life, regenerable catalyst. MAX-ISOM offers an energy efficient, compact and low capex alternative to traditional units, according to KBR officials.

KBR will provide engineering support to deliver the license packages to clients. John Derbyshire, KBR's president of technology and consulting, explained that "this alliance reflects KBR's commitment to providing innovative technologies that help our customers increase competitiveness in the marketplace."

"This agreement is a great opportunity for KBR to license isomerization technology in addition to our other refining technologies," Derbyshire said. "This will give KBR the ability to offer our potential clients energy efficient and low cost alternative for high-quality isomerate production."

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