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McDermott awarded a technology contract in Saudi Arabia

May 28, 2020
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McDermott International has been awarded a technology contract by Advanced Petrochermical Co. (APC) to license its Lummus Technology for a petrochemical facility in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

 McDermott's Lummus Technology will provide the license and basic engineering package of a C3 CATOFIN unit at its new grassroots petrochemical complex. The unit will have a propylene production capacity of 843,000 metric tons per annum.

"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," said Leon de Bruyn, senior vice president, Lummus Technology.

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 optimized reactor pressure and temperature to maximize propylene yield. This plant will utilize 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.



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