Iraq refinery to install heavy conversion technologies

State Co. for Oil Projects (SCOP), part of the Iraqi Ministry of Oil, has awarded Axens IFP Group Technologies basic design and license contracts for construction of a refinery in Nassiriya, the supply company announced.

Axens will supply the following process technologies:

• H-OilRC technology for the hydroconversion of 52,000 b/sd of vacuum residue. The plant will convert vacuum resid to low-sulfur distillates and produce a low-sulfur residue. H-Oil technology is employed for heavy oil residue conversion (H-OilRC) and for difficult distillate conversion (H-OilDC) applications, explained the company announcement.

• Prime-D, gas oil desulfurization hydrotreater. The 105,000-b/sd unit will produce ultralow-sulfur diesel with less than 10 ppm of sulfur.

• Prime-K, kerosene desulfurization hydrotreater with a processing capacity of 24,000 b/sd.

• Butane isomerization unit with a process capacity of about 11,900 b/sd.

The refinery will have a capacity of 300,000 b/sd of domestic crude oil and deliver high-quality products mainly for the domestic market.

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