Sonatrach has selected US Honeywell UOP to supply the technologies needed for the development of its Skikda refinery in Algeria.
The refinery produces high octane gasoline and diesel in compliance with Euro V standards. The new technologies will enable Sonatrach to meet the growing national demand for cleaner burning transport fuels.
Honeywell will provide state-of-the-art technology, design services, key equipment, catalysts and adsorbents for the Sonatrach Refinery project in Arzew. “With these technologies, Sonatrach can supply MTBE to refineries in the region to produce fuels compliant with increasingly stringent specifications, including Euro V,” said Bryan Glover, vice president and general manager of the company.
Under this contract, Honeywell UOP will supply a Unicracking UOP unit of 81,000 barrels per day (bpd) and a UOP solvent deasphalting unit of 24,100 barrels per day for the production of ultra-low sulfur diesel. In addition, Sonatrach will have access to Honeywell’s UOP CCR Platforming and UOP Penex isomer units for the conversion of 143,000 bp of naphtha to high octane grade gasoline.
Sonatrach will also use an integrated platform and Penex process to produce high octane gasoline without the need to produce or import additives such as tert-butyl methyl ether (MTBE).
Finally, the contract also includes a UOP Ethermax ™ unit that converts isobutylene and methanol into a high octane MTBE blending agent containing no benzene or aromatics. Ethermax technology offers high efficiency in MTBE and is currently used in 44 units worldwide.