Honeywell UOP signs agreement to provide technology and equipment for Jordanian refinery expansion

Honeywell UOP signs agreement with JPRCHoneywell UOP’s President and CEO Rebecca Liebert and JPRC CEO Abdul Karim Alaween (seated) sign an agreement to facilitate a $1.6 billion expansion of the Zarqa Refinery in Jordan, while Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Saif, Jordanian Prime Minister H.E. Hani Al-Mulki and JPRC Board Chairman Mr. Walid Asfour look on. (Image source: Honeywell)

Expansion of Zarqa Refinery will increase production of cleaner-burning fuels

Honeywell UOP have announced that it has signed an agreement with the Jordan Petroleum Refinery Company (JPRC) to facilitate a US$1.6bn expansion of its refinery in Zarqa, Jordan. This expansion will increase the capacity of the facility to 120,000 bpd and will allow JPRC to upgrade the quality of its product to meet Euro V emissions specifications.

“The expansion of the Zarqa refinery is a very important project because, in addition to improving the quality of products, it will grow its capacity to 120,000 barrels per day," said JPRC CEO Abdul Karim Alaween. "It will help us meet the rising demand for fuel, which is growing at an average of 3 percent every year.”

As part of the project, which is the fourth such expansion of the JPRC refinery, Honeywell UOP will provide manager licensing services, technology licensing, front-end engineering design consultancy services, and basic engineering design. It also will provide catalysts and process equipment, and training and start-up services. 

“We are especially grateful to be involved in the expansion of the Zarqa refinery, which will increase its volume and upgrade the quality of its petroleum products and support the further economic development of Jordan,” said Honeywell UOP’s Liebert. 

Technologies provided by Honeywell UOP will include crude and vacuum distillation units -- designed by Houston-based Process Consulting Services, Inc. -- for distilling crude oil into various fractions. Honeywell UOP also will provide Unicracking™ and hydrotreating units to create clean distillate, as well as CCR Platforming™, Penex™, MinAlk™, Merox™ and Selectfining™ units for producing cleaner-burning high-octane motor fuels, and a Polybed™ PSA unit for purifying hydrogen.

The ceremony was attended by Jordanian Prime Minister H.E. Hani Al-Mulki, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Saif, JPRC Board Chairman Walid Asfour, Vice Chairman Omar Al-Kurdi, JPRC CEO Abdul Karim Alaween and Honeywell UOP President and CEO Rebecca Liebert.

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