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UOP to upgrade Abu Dhabi refinery

By OGJ editors

HOUSTON, Sept. 30 -- Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Co. (Takreer) selected UOP LLC, a Honeywell International company based in Des Plaines, Ill., to supply technology and engineering services for upgrading its 120,000 b/d Ruwais refinery in the UAE.

The value of the project was not revealed.

The refinery, 240 km west of Abu Dhabi City, will produce propylene, unleaded gasoline, naphtha, liquefied petroleum gas, aviation turbine fuel, kerosine, gas-oil, bunker fuel, and other hydrocarbon derivatives. Basic engineering design is under way and is expected to be completed in 2014.

The facility will utilize a wide range of UOP technologies for the production of low-sulfur distillate and gasoline, including its Unicracking and Unionfining processes to upgrade heavy feedstocks and produce ultralow-sulfur diesel and its Merox process to remove sulfur from saturated LPG streams. In addition, the company's BenSat process will manage the benzene content in the gasoline pool.

The refinery includes a hydrotreating unit that will use UOP's naphtha hydrotreating process and a distillate Unionfining unit to produce low-sulfur kerosine. The unit is the largest kerosine-fed hydrotreating unit ever licensed by UOP.

Through an alliance with Albemarle Corp., UOP also provides catalyst requirements for the new Takreer units.

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