Thai refinery awards resid FCCU upgrade contract

Star Petroleum Refining Co. has awarded a contract to Shaw Group Inc., Baton Rouge, to provide technology license and process design for revamp of a residue fluid catalytic cracking unit at the Map Ta Phut refinery in Thailand. The design will upgrade the 40,800-b/d RFCC unit, said the Shaw announcement.

OGJ refinery data show Star Petroleum Refining operates the 156,000-b/d refinery (OGJ Online, May 17, 2011). Star Petroleum Refining is a joint venture of Chevron Texaco (Caltex) and the Petroleum Authority of Thailand.

“Shaw was the original licensor of this RFCC unit, which first started-up in 1996,” said James Glass, president of Shaw’s Energy & Chemicals Group.

Shaw jointly developed the proprietary RFCCU technology through an alliance with Axens and Total that began in the early 1990s, said the announcement. To date, it said, Shaw and Axens have licensed 51 grassroots units and performed more than 200 revamp projects.

Contact Warren R. True at warrent@ogjonline.com.

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