Shaw adds refining technologies to yield more C3 for petchems

21 September 2010 14:26  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--Shaw is adding two technologies developed by China’s Sinopec to its portfolio to help refiners increase yields for propylene and iso-paraffins while meeting increasingly tough environmental rules for gasoline, the US-based petrochemicals engineering firm said on Tuesday.

The technologies, which could be installed in either existing or grassroots fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) units, would reduce undesirable components, such as olefins, sulphur and benzene in gasoline, the company said.

At the same time, “More Iso-Paraffins” (MIP) and “Clean Gasoline and Propylene (CGP)” provided operators with flexibility to switch their operation mode based on market demand, to either operate in maximum gasoline mode or increased propylene mode, Shaw said.

Said Lou Pucher, president of Shaw’s Energy & Chemicals Group: “The addition of these two commercially proven technologies will enable us to help oil refiners build or revamp more profitable and flexible FCC units that meet the challenges of new gasoline regulations and produce more propylene from heavy oils.”

The technologies were developed by Sinopec’s Research Institute of Petroleum Processing (RIPP) and were commercialised in China in 2002. Shaw would market the technologies outside China on behalf of the developer, it said.

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