Jordan refiner lets contract for facility upgrade

Jordan Petroleum Refinery Co. Ltd. (JPRC), the sole refining company of Jordan, has let a contract to Honeywell UOP to facilitate a $1.6-billion expansion of its refinery at Zarqa, 35 km east of Amman.

Jordan Petroleum Refinery Co. Ltd. (JPRC), the sole refining company of Jordan, has let a contract to Honeywell UOP to facilitate a $1.6-billion expansion of its refinery at Zarqa, 35 km east of Amman.

The expansion will increase the capacity of the facility to 120,000 b/d and will allow JPRC to upgrade the quality of its product to meet Euro-V emissions specifications.

JPRC Chief Executive Officer Abdul Karim Alaween said the upgrade is vital as it “will help us meet the rising demand for fuel, which is growing at an average of 3% every year.”

As part of the project, which is the fourth such expansion of the JPRC facility, Honeywell UOP will provide managing licensor services, technology licensing, front-end engineering design consultancy services, and basic engineering design. It also will provide catalysts and process equipment and training and start-up services.

Technologies provided by Honeywell UOP will include crude and vacuum distillation units. Honeywell UOP also will provide Unicracking and hydrotreating units as well as CCR Platforming, Penex, MinAlk, Merox, and Selectfining units for producing high-octane motor fuels, and a Polybed PSA unit for purifying hydrogen.

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