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DuPont to develop scrubbing project with BELCO technology

January 27/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Chilean oil refiner ENAP Refinerias S.A. has selected BELCO scrubbing technology, licensed by DuPont Clean Technologies (DuPont), to improve emissions control from its 31,449 BPSD fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit at the Aconcagua refinery, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

This new BELCO wet scrubber will reduce sulfur oxide and particulate emissions from the FCCU (fluid catalytic cracking unit) to well below Chilean emissions requirements.  This will be the second BELCO Scrubber for ENAP. ENAP previously commissioned a BELCO scrubber for its FCCU at the BioBio refinery in 2018.

Ramiro Abel Gonzalez, Latin America Business Development Manager, DuPont Clean Technologies, says, With this decision, which will not only serve to improve emissions control but also operational reliability, ENAP becomes a regional leader in observing more stringent environmental specifications. It is likely that almost the entire Chilean refining park will be prepared to follow suit. Expectations are that other countries will go down the same route.

Eli Ben-Shoshan, Global Business Leader, DuPont Clean Technologies, comments, Resolute action by responsible refiners such as ENAP minimizes emissions and helps to improve air quality. By developing tailored emissions control solutions, DuPont Clean Technologies is delighted to be able to help refinery customers worldwide meet site-specific environmental, energy consumption, cost and operation targets.

The BELCO wet scrubbing technology is the global standard for limiting flue gas emissions from oil refinery fluid catalytic cracking units (FCCUs), fluid cokers, fired heaters and boilers. The BELCO wet scrubbing system reliably controls particulate, SOx and NOx emissions to well below the most stringent regulatory requirements in a single upflow tower, thereby eliminating the need for a separate control device to manage different emissions. With its unique open-vessel design and non-plugging features, the BELCO technology is extremely robust and proven to support uninterrupted FCCU operation, with units typically working continuously for 3 -7 years without any maintenance or service shutdowns. These systems are engineered to handle severe upset conditions including high-particulate carry over and high-temperature excursions. Licensed and marketed by DuPont as part of its Clean Technologies portfolio, the BELCO wet scrubbing technology is the world-leading flue gas emissions control technology with more than 150 licensed units worldwide.

As reported earlier, DuPont is investing USD400 million in the production capacity of Tyvek nonwoven fabric made from high density polyethylene (HDPE) at its site in Luxembourg. A new building and a third work line at the production site will be constructed. The launch of new facilities is scheduled for 2021.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, November estimated HDPE consumption in Russia rose to 125,950 tonnes from 58,330 tonnes a month earlier. ZapSibNeftekhim reduced its export polyethylene (PE) sales. Overall HDPE shipments to the Russian market totalled 1,096,510 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2020, up by 5% year on year. Production and exports grew significantly, whereas imports fell by 31%.

The DuPont Corporation, founded in the USA in 1802, operates in more than 70 countries. The company produces specialty chemicals, offers goods and services for agriculture, food production, electronics, communications, security and protection, construction, transport and light industry. In Russia, DuPont has 100% control over the DuPont Khimprom plant since 2005, and in 2006 established a joint venture between DuPont - Russian Paints and Russian Paints.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:Europe, PE, propylene, HDPE, petrochemistry, DuPont, Luxembourg, Russia, Chile.
Category:General News
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