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S-Oil selects ParamaX technologies

By Gerald Ondrey |

S-Oil Corp. (Seoul, Korea; www.s-oil.com/eng) has selected Axens’ (Rueil-Malmaison, France; www.axens.net) ParamaX Technology Suite for the No.2 Aromatics complex at the Onsan refinery in South Korea. The new 1,180,000-m.t./yr plant will add capacities of 900,000 m.t./yr paraxylene and 280,000 m.t./yr benzene. Plant start-up is planned during the first half of 2011. ParamaX designates a suite of technologies for the production of paraxylene and benzene from naphtha. Axens and ExxonMobil Chemical have entered into an Alliance to provide paraxylene production technologies for grassroots paraxylene complexes around the world. Uhde’s Morphylane process is also a part of the suite. The ParamaX technologies included in the complex are: Naphtha hydrotreating (feedstock purification); Aromizing (CCR Reforming for aromatics production); Morphylane (aromatics extraction); Eluxyl (paraxylene purification); XyMax (C8 aromatics isomerization with ethylbenzene dealkylation); and TransPlus (aromatics transalkylation). The new Eluxyl unit will set the standard for economies of scale. It will be the world’s largest single train unit, and add to the 650,000 m.t./yr paraxylene from the existing Eluxyl unit in Onsan in operation since…
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