Kuwait refinery to use DuPont technology for sulphur reduction

Article by Amanda Doyle

DuPont Clean Technologies has signed a contract with Honeywell UOP to provide sulphur-reducing technology for the Petrochemical Refinery Integration Al-Zour (PRIZe) project in Kuwait.

Construction of the 615,000 bbl/d refinery facility is currently underway.  Kuwait is aiming to become a major player in the ultra-low sulphur fuel market and to reduce sulphur emissions from vehicles and power plants. It also plans to increase domestic refining capacity from 0.94m bbl/d to 1.42m bbl/d.

DuPont’s 9,100 bbl/d STRATCO alkylation unit and 70 t/d MECS Advanced sulfuric acid regeneration (SAR) unit will be provided for the Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC) facility.

Startup of the PRIZe project is expected in 2022.

Correction: this article originally said the refinery will be the largest greenfield refinery ever built. However, the Dangote refinery under construction in Nigeria will be larger and is expected to operational before PRIZe.

Article by Amanda Doyle

Staff Reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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