Tupras commissions unit at Izmit refinery

Turkish Petroleum Refineries Corp. (Tupras) has let a contract to Honeywell UOP LLC, a subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc., for a new hydrocracking unit designed to boost diesel production at its 11 million-tonne/year Izmit refinery in Turkey’s northwestern province of Kocaeli.

As part of the contract, Honeywell UOP has provided the refinery technology licensing and equipment for its proprietary Unicracking enhanced two-stage processing unit, which produces 75,000 b/sd of middle-distillate products, including Jet A-1 aviation and Euro 5-quality diesel fuels, the service provider said.

Already installed and in operation, the Unicracking unit is integrated with the Izmit refinery’s Honeywell UOP-licensed coker naphtha and distillate Unionfining units in a system that uses a common fractionation section and collectively processes feedstocks of straight-run diesel, coker gas oil, and vacuum gas oils.

Alongside increasing diesel production at the site by up to 7% to help Tupras meet rising domestic demand for transportation fuel, the new unit also will contribute to reductions in the refinery’s consumption of energy and hydrogen, according to Honeywell UOP.

Neither a value of the contract nor startup date of unit was disclosed.

Turkish upgrades

This latest addition at the Izmit refinery follows a host of modernization and upgrading projects Tupras has undertaken in recent years to improve operations at its Turkish refining operations, which at Izmit included the $2.7 billion residuum upgrading project (RUP) (OGJ Online, Sept. 30, 2014).

Completed in May 2015, RUP included installation of the following major units (OGJ Online, Apr. 19, 2016):

• A 7,500-cu m/d (cmd) (47,000-b/d) vacuum distillation unit.

• An 8,200-cmd (52,000-b/d) delayed coker.

• An 8,000-cmd (50,000-b/d) hydrocracker.

• A 1,200-cmd (7,500-b/d) naphtha hydrogenation unit.

• A 4,000-cmd (25,000-b/d) diesel desulfurization unit.

• A 160,000-normal cu m/hr hydrogen unit.

• A 440-tonne/day (3,200-b/d) sulfur unit.

• A 120.36-Mw integrated cogeneration power plant.

• A 26,400-cmd (166,000-b/d) amine regeneration unit.

Upgrading work remains ongoing at two of Tupras’ other Turkish refineries, including the 11 million-tpy Aliaga refinery at Izmir and the 1.1 million-tpy refinery at Batman (OGJ Online, Nov. 10, 2014).

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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