Oman selects technology from Fortum, IFP

The Oman government has selected Fortum Corp.'s proprietary etherification technology and Institute Francaise du Petrol's proprietary gasoline desulfurization technology for a new refinery in Oman. Neste Engineering, a Fortum subsidiary, and IFP cooperated during the tender competition.


By the OGJ Online Staff

HOUSTON, May 3 -- The Oman government has selected Fortum Corp.'s proprietary etherification technology and Institute Francaise du Petrol's proprietary gasoline desulfurization technology for a new refinery in Oman.

Neste Engineering, a Fortum subsidiary, and IFP cooperated during the tender competition.

Fortum said that making its NExTAME and IFP's Prime-G + technologies compatible has achieved major cost savings.

IFP and Neste will begin work on the etherification unit as soon as possible.

The Fortum-licensed NExTAME unit will produce a high-oxygen gasoline component that is a mixture of tertiary amyl methyl ether and heavier ethers.

Fortum said the component reduces the harmful effects of exhaust emissions.

The TAME unit will have annual capacity of 120,000 tonnes, and the Prime-G + unit will have capacity of 1.1 million tonnes/year.

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