Proposed Canadian refinery would be first in 23 years

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Dec. 5 -- Newfoundland & Labrador Refining Corp. has selected Honeywell International Inc. subsidiary UOP LLC, Des Plaines, Ill., to supply technology, basic engineering services, and equipment for a refinery to be built in the Placentia Bay area of Newfoundland and Labrador.

NLRC's facility will be the first refinery built in North America since 1984. UOP already is working on basic engineering design for the complex, which is scheduled for startup in 2011. It is projected to process 300,000 b/d of Middle Eastern crudes into transportation fuels for North American and European markets.

The facility also will feature a wide range of trademarked UOP technologies and processes to remove sulfur and upgrade distillate materials to produce clean fuels. A continuous catalytic reforming process will be used to produce aromatics and hydrogen from naphthenes and paraffins. Other procedures will absorb chlorides from regenerated catalyst to enhance efficiency of chloride management and reduce emissions.

"Meeting rising oil demand and stringent clean fuel regulations throughout North America requires continuous commitment to development and expansion," said Ashis Banerji, director of refining technology for UOP's process, technology, and equipment business unit.

Formerly known as Universal Oil Products, UOP is a multinational firm developing technology for petroleum refining, gas processing, petrochemical production, and major manufacturing industries.

NLRC is backed by St. John's-based mining company Altius Resources Inc. and private investors.

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