Monroe Energy lets contract for Tier 3 project at Trainer refinery

Delta Air Lines Inc. subsidiary Monroe Energy LLC, through a contractor, has let a contract to a subsidiary of Matrix Service Co., Tulsa, for construction services related to the previously announced ultralow-sulfur gasoline (ULSG) project at its 185,000-b/d refinery in Trainer, Pa., near Philadelphia (OGJ Online, June 23, 2016).

Matrix North American Construction (Matrix NAC), Chicago, will provide mechanical, electrical, and instrumentation construction services for the ULSG project, including deconstruction and reconstruction of an idled 60,000-b/d selective cat-naphtha hydrofining (SCANfining) unit from another plant that will be relocated to the Trainer refinery, Matrix Service said.

Awarded directly by KBR Engineering Inc., which serves as Monroe Energy’s primary engineering, procurement, and construction services contractor for the project, Matrix NAC’s contract is valued at more than $70 million.

With site mobilization activities already under way on the project, the SCANfining unit remains on schedule for start-up in late 2017, the service provider said.

Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Air Quality earlier this year, the USLG project comes as part of the Monroe Energy’s plan to reduce sulfur content of its gasoline production to comply with the US Environmental Protection Administration’s Tier 3 gasoline standards, which take effect Jan. 1, 2017.

Licensed by ExxonMobil Corp., SCANfining hydroprocessing technology is a catalytic hydrodesulfurization process based on a proprietary catalyst system developed specifically for selective removal of sulfur from fluid catalytic cracking naphtha that limits olefins hydrogenation to preserve octane content.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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