State refinery operator Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)has selected Denmark's Haldor Topsoeas the licensed technology provider for the naphtha and kerosene hydrotreater units at the state's new refinery. Under the terms of the contracts, Topsoe's proprietary TK-400/500 hydroprocessing catalyst technology will be licensed for a number of processes including the pre-treatment of catalytic reforming units, jet fuel production and the hydrodesulphurisation and hydrodenitrogenation of straight-run or cracked gas oils.
The award is the latest technology contract on the estimated $5,000 million facility, which will have refining capacity of up to 600,000 barrels a day. The US' Chevron Corporation was chosen in April to license its technology for the atmospheric residue desulphurisation (ARDS) unit, while evaluation of proposals is ongoing for the diesel hydrotreater and hydrogen units (MEED 15:4:05). KNPC has yet to announce the location of the refinery, although it is understood the government prefers it to be at Al-Zour. Contractor prequalification is set to begin soon.
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