Kazakhstan refiner to use US UOP’s technology for fuel production

21 February 2013 18:04  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Kazakhstan's largest refiner has chosen Honeywell subsidiary UOP’s technology to upgrade its facility and boost its production of gasoline and diesel, US-based UOP announced on Thursday.

KazMunaiGas' (KMG) Pavlodar Oil Chemical Refinery (POCR) will use UOP processes and services to modernise its facility in northeast Kazakhstan, allowing it to meet Euro-5 standards aimed at reducing motor vehicle pollution, UOP said in a press release.

POCR is the largest of Kazakhstan's three oil refineries. It processed about 100,000 bbl/day in 2010, and accounted for 30% of refined product output in the country, UOP said.

The Kazakhstan government has said that by 2016, all of its refineries will meet Euro-5 gasoline and diesel production standards. Euro-5 is a directive by the EU that defines acceptable limits for exhaust emissions.

POCR will use a suite of UOP technology for its revamp project. The new units, expected to start up in 2015, will process 7.5m tonnes/year of crude feedstock into gasoline blending components and high-quality diesel, increasing the depth of conversion to more than 90%, UOP said.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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