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UOP technology selected for petroleum-refinery expansion in Pakistan  

By Gerald Ondrey |

UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop.com), a Honeywell company, says that its new process technology designed to help petroleum refiners get more high-value product from each barrel of crude oil has been selected by National Refinery Limited (NRL) to maximize diesel and lubricant production in Pakistan. UOP’s Uniflex processing technology was developed to help refiners processing the bottom of the barrel, the heaviest portions of a barrel of crude also known as vacuum residue, into higher-value transportation fuels. This technology can deliver 90% conversion of vacuum residue to transportation fuels while minimizing by-products. Traditional bottom-of-the-barrel upgrading process technologies have only been able to convert 60 to 70% of vacuum residue to transportation fuels. “Uniflex technology offers the highest conversion rate of bottom-of-the-barrel crudes to high-value products available today,” says Pete Piotrowski, vice president and general manager of Process Technology and Equipment for Honeywell’s UOP. “Demand for low-value products such as fuel oil that are traditionally produced from these heavy residues is stagnant. At the same time, diesel demand is growing at a rate faster than all other transportation…
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