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PKN Orlen to boost petrochemicals production with Honeywell Technology

September 13/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Honeywell announced that PKN ORLEN has licensed the UOP MaxEne process, which can increase production of ethylene and aromatics and improve the flexibility of gasoline production, said the company.

The project, for the PKN ORLEN facility in Plock, Poland, currently is in the basic engineering stage. Honeywell UOP, a leading provider of technologies for the oil and gas industry, first commercialized the UOP MaxEne process in 2013. The process enables refiners and petrochemical producers to direct molecules within the naphtha feed to the processes that deliver the greatest value and improve yields of fuels and petrochemicals.

"PKN ORLEN seeks to extend its value chain toward high-margin products, which are increasingly in demand across global markets, said Jozef Wegrecki, Member of the PKN ORLEN Management Board, Operations. The MaxEne technology would allow us to better harness the potential of our refinery in Poland."

The MaxEne process separates full-range naphtha into a stream of normal paraffins which are ideal for steam crackers because they produce high yields of light olefins, and a second stream of isoparaffins, naphthenes and aromatics that are perfect for catalytic reforming units because they produce high yields of aromatics. Both products are the primary components of a wide variety of plastics.

"Since the cost of naphtha represents most of the production cost for most chemicals, we can improve the profitability of petrochemical operations by ensuring the right molecules go to the right processes, said Bryan Glover, vice president and general manager of Honeywell UOPs Petrochemicals & Refining Technologies business. The UOP MaxEne technology is designed to improve molecule management and increase the production of light olefins by up to 30 percent, and the production of aromatics by as much as 12 percent."

By increasing the production of light olefins such as ethylene and propylene, the MaxEne process can substantially improve the profitability of existing naphtha cracking units. It also can increase yields of aromatics which can be used for petrochemical production including paraxylene -- and gasoline blending components.

As MRC informed earlier, Total has sold a cargo of contaminated Russian Urals oil to Polands PKN Orlen for its refinery in Lithuania/

PKN ORLEN would be the first refining and petrochemicals company in Europe to use the Honeywell UOP MaxEne technology for molecule management of a naphtha stream to produce high-quality products including olefins, aromatics and gasoline.


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Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, crude oil, Honeywell, PKN Orlen.
Category:General News
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