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Axens to supply a modular Prime-G+ unit to Raizen Buenos Aires Refinery

By Gerald Ondrey |

Raízen Argentina, Shell licensee, has selected Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France) for the modular supply of a fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) gasoline hydrodesulfurization unit Prime-G+ in its Buenos Aires refinery.

Raízen Argentina is developing a modernization and expansion program for its existing 110,000 BPSD Buenos Aires refinery to meet more stringent motor fuels specifications by January 1st 2024.

Part of this program, downstream the FCC unit, a smart integrated solution based on the Prime-G+ technology was selected to upgrade the gasoline pool quality along with high performance catalysts. This 10,200 BPSD Prime-G+ unit will be delivered in module to enable Raízen to execute the project in a very competitive schedule. This modular solution supplied by Axens derisks project schedule, and typically save up to 6 months while ensuring the adequate performance of the unit. This is achieved by high degree of pre-fabrication and pre-commissioning. On top of that, risks inherent to site activities, including safety, are drastically reduced using this execution strategy.

“We are confident that having Axens delivering the FCC gasoline hydrodesulfurization modular unit is key to timely achieve our world class targets and to succeed in the modernization and growth journey of our Buenos Aires refinery,” says Julio Ramos, Product Quality Project Manager from Raízen Argentina.

“By selecting Axens, Raízen will benefit from the best FCC gasoline hydrodesulfurization technology available on the market, Prime-G+, as well as our experienced engineering expertise to deliver the unit modules which are ready to be installed. We are proud to be involved in this upgrading and modernization project to meet new environmental motor fuels standards reaching Euro-V enforced by 2024 in Argentina. This award represents the 300th Prime-G+ reference bearing witness to Axens’ leadership and expertise in this field.” says Christian Vaute, CEO Axens North America.

 

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