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Axens selected for Byco refinery upgrade project in Pakistan

By Mary Page Bailey |

Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France) has been selected by Byco (Karachi, Pakistan) to support Byco’s Refinery upgrading Project Phases I, II, III by providing advanced technical solutions in order to achieve Euro V gasoline and diesel specifications in Pakistan.

The solution consists of a unique integration of three existing units into a Cracked Naphtha Desulfurization unit using best in the business Prime-G+ licensed technology. This technology plays a major role in meeting Euro V specifications with the best octane retention along its selective hydrodesulphurization process.

 Reactors will be loaded with Axens Catalysts & Adsorbents in order to meet stringent Euro-V specifications in the refineries. The scope of Axens’ work includes the supply of process design package for integration of three existing units into FCC gasoline hydrotreating configuration using licensed Prime-G+ technology, catalysts & adsorbents for SRU & respective Hydrotreators, internals for DHT reactor, trainings and long term technical services. The start-up date of the complete Phases I, II & III is expected in Q2 2024.

This award reinforces the intense cooperation between Axens and Byco Petroleum Pakistan Limited, which started in 2019 when Byco awarded Axens with an adaptive study consisting in evaluating the configuration of units to be fitted into their existing refineries. Axens developed at that time a Linear Programming modelling solution that allowed Byco to define the basis of their future refineries configuration and operation when processing different crude oils.

“Axens is delighted to be part of this key project and to support Byco refineries Pakistan’ sustainability strategy. Byco will benefit from Axens’ capabilities of latest generation of advanced catalysts and proprietary equipment solutions,” said Stephane Wermester, Sales Director Asia, Process Licensing Business Unit at Axens.

“Byco is delighted to select AXENS to provide multiple solutions for the Upgrade-1 Project. Through this new collaboration, Byco will benefit from the Latest generation catalysts, Prime-G+ technology and proprietary internals to meet EURO-V refinery specifications and higher for road fuels specifications. We thank the AXENS team for innovative solutions for the Upgrade-1 Project by LP modelling, design reviews, catalysts selection and state-of-the-art technologies. We hope to continue the strong relationship with AXENS for years to come,” said Wasi Khan, Chairman Board of directors, Byco.

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