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December 18, 2007

Topsøe to license hydrocracking technology

Slovnaft in Slovakia and OVM/Petrom in Romania have signed contracts with Haldor Topsøe

Gerald Ondrey

Two European refining majors – Slovnaft in Slovakia and OVM/Petrom in Romania - have signed contracts with Haldor Topsøe (Lyngby, Demnark; for hydrocracking technology.

Topsøe has licensed its hydrocracking technology to Slovnaft for revamp of the full conversion 20,000 BPSD hydrocracking unit at the Bratislava Refinery. The objective is to revamp the hydrocracker to maximize production of high quality middle distillates while at the same time improving the on-stream factor of the unit. Slovnaft belongs to the MOL group and Topsøe was first contracted by MOL/Slovnaft to perform a revamp scoping study, which identified several options for achieving the revamp objectives.

OMV/Petrom has licensed Topsøe’s hydrocracking technology for a 34,000 BPSD grassroots hydrocracking unit at the Petrobrazi Refinery in Romania. The unit will provide a high conversion of a mixture of heavy vacuum gasoil and heavy coker gasoil into high quality diesel and jet fuel products. The new hydrocracker forms part of an overall project for expanding the capacity of the Petrobrazi Refinery to 6 million tonnes of crudes per year. OMV/Petrom selected Topsøe’s hydrocracking technology after Topsøe had demonstrated, in a feasibility study, the most cost-efficient solution for maximizing the production of a flexible range of high value middle distillate products.

For both projects Topsøe’s scope of supply includes hydrocracking technology license, basic engineering design, technical services and both Slovnaft and OMV/Petrom will employ Topsøe’s unique  hydrocracking-catalyst systems designed for maximum yield of high quality middle distillates and Topsøe’s performance focused reactor internals technology.

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