Axens, Shaw to license new FCC technology

Developers of a new catalytic cracking technology that will boost refinery production of propylene and other light products have selected Axens and Shaw Group to license and market the process.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Apr. 6
-- Developers of a new catalytic cracking technology that will boost refinery production of propylene and other light products have selected Axens and Shaw Group to license and market the process.

Called high-severity fluidized catalytic cracking, the technology evolved over 15 years, according to news releases by Axens and Shaw. The HS-FCC design uses the firms’ regeneration and catalyst transfer technology.

JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp. of Japan and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia began development of the technology in a research venture. Saudi Aramco later joined the venture, which then designed, built, and operated a 30-b/d demonstration unit at Aramco’s 550,000-b/d Ras Tanura refinery.

Now JX is building a 3,000-b/d precommercial demonstration unit at its 380,000-b/d refinery in Mizushima, Japan. Shaw and Axens provided engineering services for the unit.

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