Three units for Alabama facility to boost output while meeting environmental regulations
DES PLAINES, Ill., Feb. 6, 2008 — UOP LLC, a Honeywell (NYSE: HON) company, announced today that Hunt Refining Co. has selected UOP to supply technology, basic engineering services and equipment as part of Hunt’s plan to double its gasoline and diesel output for the Southeastern U.S.
Hunt will install two new units at its Tuscaloosa, Ala. facility using the UOP CCR Platforming™ Process and the UOP Unicracking™ Process. The units will help to increase crude throughput by more than 30 percent to 69,000 barrels per day (bpd) and double production of gasoline and diesel. Hunt also plans to convert an existing UOP Fixed-Bed Platforming™ Process unit to a UOP Par-Isom™ Process unit to enable a gasoline product that will meet future benzene regulations.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has mandated that refineries adhere to annual averages of 0.62 percent benzene content in gasoline by 2011.
Construction on the new units will begin in 2008. They are scheduled to come on line in late 2009. The revamp is scheduled for completion in 2010.
“As fuel demand has increased, Hunt Refining has continuously found ways to grow,” said John Matson, president of Hunt Refining Co. “In this project, UOP technology, expertise and support has helped us to expand our capacity while meeting environmental regulations.” The highly energy-efficient CCR Platforming Process is a continuous catalytic reforming process used in the petroleum industry to produce high-octane gasoline from naphthenes and paraffins.
Unicracking technology upgrades light cycle oil feedstocks to produce ultra-low sulfur diesel and Hunt Selects UOP to Help Double Gas & Diesel Output naphtha. The Par-Isom technology processes light naphtha to produce high octane gasoline blending components with low benzene content.
“This project demonstrates the strong, longstanding relationship between UOP and Hunt Refining,” said Pete Piotrowski, senior vice president for UOP’s Process Technology and Equipment business unit. “We have worked closely with them to identify the right equipment, technology and products that will best suit their operation as well as their business goals.” UOP has installed more than 200 CCR Platforming units since 1971 and more than 185 Unicracking units since 1962.
From it’s refinery in Tuscaloosa, Hunt Refining Company provides the Southeastern United States and East Coast with 52,000 barrels per day of gasoline and distillate fuels, home heating oil and diesel fuel as well as paving and industrial grade asphalt.
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.
Honeywell International is a $36 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. For additional information, please visit www.honeywell.com.
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