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Honeywell to provide technology for PetroChina petrochemicals facility

Honeywell UOP has been chosen by PetroChina Guangdong Petrochemical Company to supply advanced heavy oil processing technology to its integrated petrochemical facility in China.

The new facility, which has a processing capacity of 20 million tonnes per year of crude, will help meet China’s national energy security strategy, as well as enable PetroChina Guangdong to become a more fully integrated petrochemicals supplier.

Under the contract, Honeywell UOP will supply a range of technology licences, engineering design, equipment, and catalysts and adsorbents, as well as operator training, technical services for start-up and continuing operation.

“This is the most economically sound solution for the scale and complexity of PetroChina’s operations,” said Bryan Glover, vice-president and general manager for Honeywell UOP’s Petrochemicals and Refining Technologies business. “Our technologies will enable PetroChina Guangdong to produce aromatics on a large scale because of its ability to integrate refining operations with a full aromatics complex. We are working to make it one of the most efficient plants in the world.”

The Chinese facility includes a 3.7 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) Unicracking hydrocracking unit, which is used to convert heavy vacuum gas oil into raw materials used in the production of motor fuels and petrochemicals. It will also feature two Honeywell UOP CCR Platforming units, each with a capacity of 3 mtpa, to produce fuels, aromatics and hydrogen.

The plant will also include a 2.6 mtpa Light Desorbent Parex aromatics complex, which will produce high-purity paraxylene, a component of plastic resins, films and fibres. It is expected that this complex will be the largest single-train paraxylene unit in the world.

PetroChina Guangdong is a subsidiary of the China National Petroleum Corporation.