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UOP & Foster Wheeler technology selected for Oman refinery expansion  

By Gerald Ondrey |

UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill: www.uop.com), a Honeywell company, announced today that Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries (Orpic) has selected UOP/Foster Wheeler technology to help process heavy oil and expand fuel and petrochemicals production at a petroleum refinery in Sohar, Oman. Orpic will use the UOP/Foster Wheeler Solvent Deasphalting (SDA) process technology to convert heavy crude to low-contaminant deasphalted oil, a product that is further processed in refineries to produce liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and propylene. The new unit will process 2.5 million metric tons (m.t.) per year of heavy crude to significantly increase the refinery’s production of valuable petroleum products. UOP and Foster Wheeler AG (Zug, Switzerland; www.fwc.com) in collaboration will provide the technology license and basic engineering package for new unit, which is expected to start up in 2015. The SDA process efficiently separates heavy vacuum residue by density and molecular weight instead of the more traditional boiling point method. The process produces a high-quality, low-contaminant deasphalted oil that is rich in paraffinic-type molecules used in fuels and petrochemicals production. To date, UOP and…
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