McDermott wins technology contract for petrochemical company in Saudi Arabia

  • May 22, 2020
  • Oil Review Middle East

McDermott’s Lummus Technology will provide the license and basic engineering package for a C3 CATOFIN unit at its new petrochemical complex in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

The unit will have a propylene production capacity of 843,000 metric tonnes per annum.

Leon de Bruyn, senior vice-president, Lummus Technology, said, “The CATOFIN technology that Lummus licenses worldwide, alongside our partner Clariant, provides a highly reliable, lower-cost route to propylene, with a lower carbon footprint. APC’s decision to proceed with CATOFIN technology for their second unit is a testament to the successful operation of their PDH unit and consistent performance as a top quartile PDH complex.”

This is APC’s second CATOFIN unit in their portfolio, having previously licensed the technology for their first unit in 2003—also in Jubail, KSA.

The CATOFIN process operates at optimised reactor pressure and temperature to maximise propylene yield. This plant will utilise Clariant’s latest generation CATOFIN catalyst system, including the company’s patented metal-oxide Heat Generating Material (HGM), to deliver maximised selectivity at high conversion rates and long-run lengths.

McDermott’s Lummus Technology is a leading licensor of proprietary petrochemicals, refining, gasification and gas processing technologies, and a supplier of proprietary catalysts and related engineering. With a heritage spanning more than 100 years, encompassing approximately 3,400 patents and patent applications, Lummus Technology provides one of the industry’s most diversified technology portfolios to the hydrocarbon processing sector.