UOP Selected By Petron's Bataan Refinery To Provide PetroFCCT Technology

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February 2006

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced that Petron Corp. has selected UOP's PetroFCC technology for a major upgrade of the thermal catalytic cracker (TCC) unit at Petron's refinery in Bataan, Philippines.

Petron, the largest oil company in the Philippines, will construct a PetroFCC complex for the production of polymer-grade propylene as part of its ongoing goal to diversify into petrochemicals production and maximize benefits from existing facilities at the Bataan refinery.

The PetroFCC process leverages UOP's extensive experience in fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) in a unique design that selectively converts hydrocarbon feedstocks, heavy vacuum gas oil (HVGO) in the case of Petron, to maximize the production of light olefins, such as propylene and aromatics, when coupled with an aromatics complex. Propylene is an important chemical intermediate used in the making of plastics used in a wide variety of applications, including food packaging and textiles.

"This PetroFCC project clearly illustrates the value that UOP can bring to an FCC-based refinery that is looking to diversify into the petrochemical markets," said Mark Houdek, marketing manager for UOP, "It also demonstrates the flexibility of the FCC technology — the traditional gasoline-producing workhorse — to adapt and meet market needs and opportunities."

Petron's PetroFCC complex, which is scheduled for startup during the second quarter of 2008, is being designed for a propylene yield of up to 18 percent (weight) based on HVGO feedstock. This propylene yield is approximately three to four times greater than conventional FCC technology used for the production of traditional fuels.

This announcement follows the successful commissioning in May 2005 of a naphtha complex at the Bataan refinery. This complex includes a new Penex unit and a CCR PlatformingT unit, both designed by UOP. The Penex unit produces premium isomerate, a high-octane gasoline blending component, from light naphtha for the production of ultra-clean gasoline. The CCR Platforming unit is the premier naphtha reforming process for the production of high-octane gasoline and/or BTX (benzene, toluene, xylene) with over 190 units in operation worldwide.

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