Honeywell's UOP technology and equipment will be used by Egypt’s Alexandria National Refining & Petrochemicals Company (ANRPC) as part of a $300mn project to expand an existing gasoline production facility and meet growing domestic demand for high-octane gasoline in the country.
ANRPC will add a second UOP CCR Platforming™ process unit, including a modular CCR section, at the facility in Alexandria to produce high-quality reformate, which is used to produce high-octane, low-sulphur gasoline.
ANRPC installed the first UOP CCR unit at the site in 2001.
Egypt became a net importer of gasoline in 2008, as domestic supply has failed to keep up with rising demand levels.
Demand for gasoline has grown by an average of 3% annually over the past ten years.
“This expansion is critical as it will significantly reduce the amount of high-octane gasoline imported by Egypt,” said ANRPC chairman Ahmed Abo El Rooh.
“We selected a second continuous catalytic reforming unit from Honeywell UOP, which will be delivered in modular form, to help ensure reliable operations and the shortest possible project schedule.”
“A second CCR Platforming process unit will help Egypt meet its own growing demand for fuel and provide cleaner-burning, high-octane fuels to address air quality issues in large cities such as Cairo,” said Mike Millard, vice president and general manager of Honeywell UOP’s process technology and equipment business.
“Since commercializing the technology, UOP has brought more than 250 CCR Platforming units on stream worldwide, with a combined capacity of more than 6mn barrels per day.”
UOP modular equipment is ideal for remote locations, short project timelines and regions with limited resources, according to Honeywell.
The modules are built under controlled conditions in fabrication shops and fully inspected prior to shipment.
UOP modular equipment is designed to reduce installation time and can result in earlier start up, further improving project economics.
UOP offers a full suite of modular refining equipment for a wide range of applications.
Honeywell UOP has worked with refining companies throughout the Middle East for more than 80 years.
Today, there are nearly 400 UOP-designed process units operating in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan and Pakistan.
Alexandria National Refining and Petrochemicals Company establishes, manages and operates refining, manufacturing and petrochemical plants to produce high-octane gasoline, LPG, propane, hydrogen, heavy naphtha and light reformate, among others. Founded in 1999, ANRPC is based in Alexandria, Egypt and sells products domestically and internationally.