Honeywell wins Kuwait petchem refinery project deal

The newly designed complex will increase the plant’s output capacity of fuels and petrochemicals


Honeywell said one of its units Honeywell UOP has been awarded a major contract by Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (Kipic) for the reconfiguration of the refining and petrochemical sections of its Al Zour refinery.

The newly designed complex will increase the plant’s output capacity of fuels and petrochemicals, said a statement from Kipic, a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC).

The company was set up by Kuwait government to manage refinery, petrochemicals and LNG import operations in the Al-Zour complex, located south of the capital Kuwait City.

As per the deal, Honeywell UOP, a leading licensor of refining and petrochemical process technology, will revise the configuration and capacity of the refinery’s gasoline production facilities.

The company will also supply technology licenses, design services, key equipment, and state-of-the-art catalysts and adsorbents to produce clean-burning fuels, paraxylene, propylene and other petrochemicals.

On completion, this will be the largest integrated refinery and petrochemicals plant ever constructed in Kuwait, said the statement from Honeywell.

The refinery’s gasoline section will include a world-scale 98,000 barrels per day (bpd) RFCC complex for production of propylene, gasoline, and a UOP Selectfining unit to produce low-sulphur gasoline blending components.

Two UOP Merox units will be used to treat mix C3’s for propylene production, and mixed C4’s to make clean-fuels blending components, including MTBE from a UOP Ethermax unit. Also included 193 KMTA Butamer unit to convert normal butane to isobutane.

On the contract win, Rachad Abdallah, the president for Honeywell in Kuwait, said: "Honeywell is committed to supporting Kuwait’s long-term growth and development in the energy sector, leveraging innovative technologies and advanced training programs to help achieve key objectives under New Kuwait Vision 2035 and KPC Vision 2040."

In Kuwait for over 50 years, Honeywell has a long history of supporting the country’s energy industries through leading-edge technologies, efficient business solutions, local training, research and development initiatives.

"Our technologies are helping transform Kuwait into a world-leading manufacturer in the downstream oil and gas industry. In addition to aromatics and propylene, the Euro-V fuels will be produced at Al-Zour plant which is the cornerstone of Kuwait’s clean fuels initiative," he stated.

Honeywell is the first company to build “Made in Kuwait” solutions to power digital transformation across the country’s growing oil, gas and petrochemical sectors, he added.

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