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Honeywell UOP’s PSA technology will help SOCAR meet demand for high-quality transportation fuels

By Gerald Ondrey |

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SOCAR will use hydrogen purification technology from Honeywell UOP as part of its modernization of the Heydar Aliyev Oil Refinery in Baku, Azerbaijan (Source: Honeywell UOP)

Honeywell says that the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) will use Honeywell UOP’s (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop.com) pressure swing adsorption (PSA) technology to supply high-quality hydrogen as part of the modernization of the Heydar Aliyev Oil Refinery (HAOR) in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Pure hydrogen is essential to the refining process, where it is used to decontaminate oil and facilitate catalytic processes that produce clean-burning fuels, including those that meet Euro V standards for vehicle emissions. The PSA technology will help Azerbaijan meet growing domestic demand for transportation fuels that meet the Euro V standards.

Honeywell UOP will provide two PSA units to the refinery, both of which will be controlled by Honeywell Process Solutions C300 distributed control systems.

When completed, the modernization will enable the refinery to process 7.5 million metric tons per year of crude oil blended from local sources, including heavier Neft Dashlari and lighter Surakhani and Shirvan crude oils and efficiently produce Euro V gasoline and diesel, jet fuel and asphalt.

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