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December 5, 2007

UOP to supply technology for first North American refinery since 1984

The new complex will process 300,000 bbl/d of crude to produce clean transportation fuels

Gerald Ondrey

Newfoundland & Labrador Refining Corp. (NLRC) has selected UOP LLC (Des Plains, Ill.; a Honeywell company, to supply technology, basic engineering services and equipment for a new fuel refinery to be built in the Placentia Bay area of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Basic engineering design is currently under way by UOP, and start-up of the complex is scheduled for 2011. The facility is projected to process 300,000 bbl/d of Middle-Eastern crudes for the production of transportation fuels to support demand in North America and Europe.

The NLRC facility will be the first new refinery constructed in North America since 1984. Although refiners have expanded capacities of existing refineries and improved production efficiencies, future demand for clean fuels is expected to exceed current supply.

The new facility will feature a wide range of UOP technologies to produce low-sulfur, high-quality clean fuels. Technologies include the UOP Unicracking process and the UOP Unionfining processes to remove sulfur and upgrade distillate materials for the production of clean fuel. The UOP CCR Platforming process, a continuous catalytic reforming process used throughout the petroleum and
petrochemical industries to produce aromatics and hydrogen from naphthenes and paraffins, and the UOP Penex process will be utilized to produce high-octane, clean-burning gasoline.  Additionally, NLRC will use UOP's Chlorsorb system, which absorbs chlorides off of regenerated catalyst from the CCR Platforming process to enhance efficiency of chloride management and reduce emissions.

NLRC, backed by St. John's-based mining company Altius Resources Inc. and private investors, is based in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

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