Axens, Shaw to license new FCC technology

By OGJ editors
-- Developers of a new catalytic cracking technology that will boost refinery production of propylene and other light products have selected Axens and Shaw Group to license and market the process.

Called high-severity fluidized catalytic cracking, the technology evolved over 15 years, according to news releases by Axens and Shaw. The HS-FCC design uses the firms’ regeneration and catalyst transfer technology.

JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp. of Japan and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia began development of the technology in a research venture. Saudi Aramco later joined the venture, which then designed, built, and operated a 30-b/d demonstration unit at Aramco’s 550,000-b/d Ras Tanura refinery.

Now JX is building a 3,000-b/d precommercial demonstration unit at its 380,000-b/d refinery in Mizushima, Japan. Shaw and Axens provided engineering services for the unit.

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