UOP and IOCL Start-up First Penex(TM) Process Technology Isomerization Unit in India; UOP technology to help meet India's clean

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Feb. 9, 2006

UOP LLC, a Honeywell (NYSE:HON) company, today announced that Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. (IOCL) has successfully commissioned and accepted an isomerization unit using UOP's Penex(TM) process technology.

IOCL licensed the UOP technology for the isomerization unit at its refinery in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India. IOCL built the unit, which has a capacity of 12,000 barrels per stream day (BPSD), to meet growing demand for isomerate as India continues to move forward with meeting clean fuel specifications under its Bharat Stage-III initiative, which is aimed at reducing pollution produced by motor vehicles. Isomerate is used in gasoline blends to increase its octane and reduce aromatic, benzene and olefin content.

UOP's Penex process upgrades light naphtha components to high octane motor gasoline blend stocks, and is now being used at more than 120 refineries worldwide.

"UOP and IOCL engineers worked together to bring this unit on-stream in a very short time frame given the growing need for isomerate in the country as India continues to move forward with meeting clean fuel specifications," said Norm Gilsdorf, Senior Vice President and General Manager of UOP's Process Technology and Equipment strategic business unit. "The ongoing work we do with IOCL is a win-win proposition for everyone."

In 2004, UOP worked with IOCL to commission a linear alkylbenzene (LAB) complex at its refinery in Baroda, Gujarat, India. The complex marked IOCL's entry into the petrochemical field. The complex uses UOP's Unionfining(TM), Molex(TM), Pacol(TM), DeFine(TM) and Detal(TM) process unit. UOP technology is a key element in the production of LAB; almost all new LAB complexes built in the last two decades have used UOP technology.

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