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Commercial debut of the AlkyClean solid-acid alkylation process  

By Gerald Ondrey |

CB&I (The Woodlands, Tex.; www.cbi.com) has been awarded a contract by Shandong Wonfull Petrochemical Group Co. to provide the license and processing engineering design for a first-of-a-kind solid-acid alkylation unit to be located in China. The unit will be capable of producing 100,000 ton/yr of alkylate and is scheduled for startup in early 2014. The unit will use the AlkyClean process technology partnered by CB&I’s Technology operating group, Albemarle Corp. (Orangeburg, S.C.; www.albemarle.com) and Neste Oil (Espoo, Finland; www.nesteoil.com). "CB&I is excited to be working on the first-ever commercialization of a solid-acid alkylation unit in the world," says Daniel McCarthy, president of CB&I’s Technology operating group. "Alkylate has high octane and virtually no sulfur, olefins and aromatics. This makes it an ideal gasoline blend stock for every refiner to meet the upcoming stringent Tier 3 and Euro-V gasoline pool specifications in an environmentally safe manner."  The solid acid catalyst for the AlkyClean process is supplied by Albemarle. The AlkyClean process employs a robust zeolite catalyst formulation coupled with a novel reactor processing scheme to yield a high quality…
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