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UOP to provide technology for petrochemical and fuels production in South Korea  

By Gerald Ondrey |

UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop.com), a Honeywell company, has been selected by Samsung Total Petrochemicals Co. to provide technologies for the production of key petrochemicals and high-quality diesel and jet fuel at its complex in Daesan, South Korea. The integrated aromatics complex will be the first to employ the latest energy-efficient designs from UOP, allowing Samsung to reduce energy consumption by 33% and offering significant savings in greenhouse gas emissions compared with earlier designs, says UOP. The facility will use several integrated UOP technologies to produce 1 million metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of p-xylene and 500,000 m.t./yr of benzene per year. P-xylene and benzene are key aromatics used in the production of synthetic fibers and resins. According to WorldPET, a consultant for the global p-xylene industry, the demand for para-xylene in Northeast Asia is expected to increase by 80% over the next five years. UOP will provide engineering design, technology licensing, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment and technical service for the new units, which are expected to start up in 2014. The integrated aromatics complex will use the UOP Parex, Sulfolane, Tatoray, Isomar and CCR Platforming processes to produce high-purity…
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