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Saudi Aramco and Total select Axens Technologies

By Gerald Ondrey |

Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France www.axens.net) has been awarded a design package for the new, 400,000 bbl/d, world class, full-conversion refinery in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. The refining and petrochemical complex is scheduled to start-up in 2012. Among the units that are being designed by Axens and its Alliance partners are a 32,000 bbl/d vacuum gas oil fluid-catalytic cracker (VGO FCC) and a ParamaX Aromatics Complex producing 700,000 m.t./yr of  paraxylene and 143,000 m.t./yr of benzene. The FCC unit, designed to produce in excess of 10 wt.% propylene, is one of the latest from the successful 25 year FCC Alliance between Axens, Shaw, IFP and Total. The association has led to nearly 40 licenses and more than 100 revamps of various licensors units. The Jubail unit will include impact feed injectors, RS2 riser termination device and KFBE structured stripper packing. The ParamaX Technology Suite comprises a 68,000 bbl/d naphtha hydrotreater and Aromizing Continuous Catalytic Regeneration (CCR) Reformer to produce gasoline blend stock and mixed xylenes. The xylenes are then submitted to Morphylane extractive distillation; high purity paraxylene is separated in the Eluxyl unit; and the paraxylene-depleted xylenes fraction is isomerized…
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