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Lukoil selects UOP vaccum distillation and FCC technologies for refinery upgrade

By Mary Page Bailey |

Honeywell announced that LUKOIL-Permnefteorgsintez, a subsidiary of LUKOIL, will use a range of Honeywell UOP process technologies at its refinery to convert low value vacuum gasoil into high value products such as gasoline and propylene.

Phase one of the project includes the installation of a new UOP Vacuum Distillation unit and a UOP FCC Unit that is tailored to increase production of propylene at the refinery while improving gasoline yield. A UOP Merox unit will also be installed that will treat the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) streams and reduce the level of mercaptans in the LPG and UOP Propylene Recovery unit (PRU) to produce propylene with certain quality requirements for its further use.

The Honeywell UOP Merox process uses a highly efficient design to economically achieve ever-tightening sulfur specifications. The UOP Merox process extracts low molecular weight mercaptans from gas and LPG streams. The Merox process does not require feed or caustic filters and offers greater than 99.5% on-stream availability.

UOP will provide technology licensing, design services, key equipment and state-of-the-art catalysts and adsorbents for this project at the refinery in the Perm region of Russia. When completed, the conversion capacity of the complex is expected to exceed 1,800,000 metric tons per year of vacuum gasoil.

“These best-in-class UOP technologies will allow LUKOIL to increase production of propylene and gasoline at its Perm refinery while benefiting from low capital and operating costs,” said Laura Leonard, vice president and general manager, UOP Process Technologies. “UOP constantly invests in its FCC technology development to meet the most ambitious needs of our customers. I’m proud, that LUKOIL elected to continue its success story with UOP FCC technology, which is already being employed at several LUKOIL refineries.”

The UOP PetroFCC technology improves gasoline and propylene yield and is extensively used worldwide.

LUKOIL-Permnefteorgsintez is one of the largest petroleum refineries in Russia.

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