UOP To Supply Technology For Eight Process Units For Expansion Of CEPSA’s La Rábida Refinery In Spain

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March 28, 2006

UOP LLC, a Honeywell (NYSE: HON) company, announced today that CEPSA, a leading European petroleum and petrochemical company, has selected UOP technology for eight process units for the expansion of its La Rábida Refinery in Huelva, Spain.

This refinery expansion is part of an investment by CEPSA announced last year that is aimed at meeting growing demand in Europe for middle distillates such as automotive diesel fuel and kerosene.

“UOP has been a partner with CEPSA for more than 35 years,” said Norm Gilsdorf, senior vice president and general manager of UOP’s Process Technology and Equipment business unit. “We look forward to assisting CEPSA with this ambitious and vital expansion.”

CEPSA Senior Vice President, Technology, Refining and Gas Manuel Abollado said, “The utilization rate of the CEPSA’s refinery capacity is currently roughly 98 percent. The most cost-effective solution to offset the shortage of middle distillates in the European market includes not only a new distillation train, but also the increase of the conversion level through this latest project from UOP.”

UOP technologies to be installed include two Merox™ process units, a Unionfining™ process unit and a Unicracking™ (hydrocracking) process unit. Merox units remove mercaptans sulfur compounds from liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as well as from naphthas and gasolines. The Unionfining process is a highly efficient catalytic process for the desulfurization of cracked and straight-run distillate materials and their conversion into automotive diesel fuel. The Unicracking (hydrocracking) process is the world’s most widely used cracking process for the production of very-high-quality, low-sulfur naphtha and distillate materials out of heavy crude oil fractions.

The new complex will include the following UOP process units and expected volumes:

  • 90.0 kbpsd (thousand barrels per stream day) crude distillation unit
  • 25.0 kbpsd vacuum distillation unit
  • 32.0 kbpsd gas concentration unit
  • 4.2 kbpsd LPG Merox™ unit
  • 27.0 kbpsd naphtha Merox unit
  • 31.5 kbpsd distillate Unionfining™ unit
  • 41.2 kbpsd atmospheric and vacuum gas oils Unicracking™ unit
  • Amine regeneration and sour water stripper units

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