PRL lets contract for Karachi refinery

Pakistan Refinery Ltd. (PRL) has let a contract to Honeywell’s UOP LLC, Des Plaines, Ill., for process technology and modular equipment at its 47,110-b/d refinery along the coastal belt of Karachi, Pakistan.

Under the contract, Honeywell will deliver a UOP Penex process technology unit in modular form to PRL, which the refinery will use to produce isomerate—a high-value gasoline blending component—and to convert currently exported volumes of naphtha into high-octane gasoline, according to Honeywell.

In addition to licensing and modular equipment, UOP will provide catalyst, adsorbent, engineering, technical support, and a drier regeneration control system for extended catalyst life for the Penex unit, which will process 5,000 b/d of light naphtha, Honeywell said.

The unit, which is intended to help PRL meet growing domestic demand for gasoline, is slated for commissioning by mid-2015, according to Honeywell.

A value of the contract was not disclosed.

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