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Axens to sublicense ExxonMobil’s sulfuric acid alkylation technology

March 18/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Axens has signed an agreement with ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing (ExxonMobil) to sublicense the latter’s sulfuric acid alkylation technology, said chemicals-technology.

Under the alliance agreement, both companies will market and distribute all technologies for high-octane gasoline production. The agreement aims to offer a streamlined solution to meet customer requirements.

The technologies to be accessible under the agreement include Axens feed preparation, or alkyfining, n-butane isomerisation and ExxonMobil’s sulfuric acid alkylation. Axens will offer the technologies under a single licence and engineering agreement.

"We are excited to expand our partnership to offer this optimised alkylation solution to the industry."
The new alliance follows the success of the recent ParamaX agreement to increase paraxylene production. Axens’ ParamaX suite consists of technologies originally developed by ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing.

ExxonMobil president Dan Moore said: "Combining our owner-operator experience with Axens’ strong engineering expertise in providing advanced technologies, we are excited to expand our partnership to offer this optimised alkylation solution to the industry."

Axens chairman and CEO Jean Sentenac said: "We are excited by this agreement offering integration of advanced technologies to better meet refiners’ needs for the production of alkylate, a key component of high-octane gasoline."

According to ExxonMobil, its sulfuric acid alkylation technology ‘reacts propylene, butylene and pentylene with isobutane to form high-value alkylate for gasoline blending’. The high-octane and low-vapour pressure in alkylate make it a superior gasoline blendstock.

Axens provides several solutions to convert oil and biomass to cleaner fuels, production and purification of petrochemical intermediates, and natural gas treatment and conversion.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, petrochemistry, Crude oil, Axens.
Category:General News
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