Saudi Aramco to use Axens technologies for Jazan refinery project

23 September 2011 15:17  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Saudi Aramco has selected designs and technologies from France-based Axens for its 400,000 bbl/day Jazan refinery project on Saudi Arabia's southern Red Sea coast, Axens said on Friday.

Axens said it is in charge of designing four of the refinery's processing units: naphtha hydrotreating; continuous catalytic reforming for aromatics production; C5/C6 isomerisation; and a unit to produce high purity paraxylene and benzene.

“These units are designed and integrated to maximise the gasoline production and the aromatics throughput for petrochemical use,” the French petrochemicals technologies company said.

In addition, the refinery’s gas oil desulphurisation hydrotreater is also under Axens' design, it added.

Saudi Aramco expects to commission the Jazan refinery project in December 2016, Axens said.

Earlier this year, US-based petrochemicals engineering firm KBR said it won a contract from Saudi Aramco for the project’s front-end engineering and design work.

Axens was set up in 2001 as an international provider of technologies, products, and services to the refining, petrochemical, gas and alternative fuels markets. It markets the research findings in refining and petrochemicals of France’s lnstitut Francais du Petrole Energies Nouvelles (IFP).

For more on Saudi Aramco and other producers visit ICIS company intelligence

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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