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KBR awarded contract for refinery in Angola

By Gerald Ondrey |

0 0 0 KBR (Houston, Tex.; www.kbr.com) has been awarded a contract by Sonangol, E.P. to provide license and engineering services for grassroots fluid-catalytic-cracking (FCC) and hydroprocessing technologies for the Sonaref Refinery to be located in Lobito, Angola. KBR will provide licensing services for the state-of-the-art Orthoflow FCC technology and a moderate pressure hydrocracking unit (MPHC). This integrated solution will provide Sonangol the flexibility to control the gasoline-to-diesel ratio and to take advantage of seasonal demands. The company will also deliver diesel hydrotreating (DHT) and kerosene hydrotreating (KHT) technologies, for the production of premium distillate products. This contract award for four technology units follows the front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract awarded in November 2008. The four technology units are delivered in partnership with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, (EMRE; Fairfax, Va.), under joint marketing alliances for FCC and hydroprocessing technologies between the two companies. The 200,000-bbl/d grassroots refinery is being built to reduce the country’s dependence on imported products. The refinery will allow Sonangol to take advantage of heavy crudes…
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