34,000 barrel per day (bpd) facility is utilizing the UOP CCR Platforming catalyst to produce aromatics for increased petrochemicals capacity in Asia
DES PLAINES, Ill., Feb. 8, 2011 – UOP LLC, a Honeywell (NYSE: HON) company, announced today that PTT Aromatics and Refining Public Company Limited (PTTAR) selected the UOP CCR Platforming R-264 catalyst to produce high-value aromatics in its AR-1 CCR Platforming unit in Map Ta Phut, Thailand.
The PTTAR facility will use UOP’s R-264 catalyst in its CCR Platforming unit to convert 34,000 bpd of naphtha into aromatics for use in the production of benzene and paraxylene, key chemicals for the production of plastics. This marks the fiftieth commercial installation of UOP R-264 catalyst worldwide.
“Demand for para-xylene and benzene continues to grow,” said UOP’s Caroline Bibb, Sr. Vice President of the Catalysts, Adsorbents, and Specialties group. “We are proud to offer PTTAR innovative solutions that are designed to improve their yields and achieve production goals.”
The highly energy efficient CCR Platforming process is a continuous catalytic reforming process used throughout the petroleum and petrochemical industries to convert low-quality naphtha, in the presence of hydrogen, into blending stocks for gasoline, aromatics for plastics production and high-purity hydrogen. The R-264 catalyst offers high catalyst activity, high density, low coke make and high selectivity. The product is designed to help customers increase throughput or increase their yields of gasoline, aromatics and hydrogen.
The UOP CCR Platforming process is in operation at more than 200 customer sites. The first unit was licensed in 1971. R-264 is part of UOP’s R-260 series of catalysts which was commercialized in 2004 and have now been used in 50 reforming units.
PTTAR operates Thailand’s largest integrated aromatics refinery with enhanced competitiveness, thereby able to elevate the industry and create sustainable growth for the country’s energy and petrochemical industry.
UOP LLC, headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, USA, is a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, process plants, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries. UOP is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Honeywell International, Inc. and is part of Honeywell’s Specialty Materials strategic business group. For more information, go to www.uop.com.
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