Lanaz to use Honeywell technology to modernise Iraqi refinery

Lanaz UOP HoneywellThe Lanaz Company will use Honeywell’s UOP modular naphtha hydrotreating and fixed-bed Platforming process units to upgrade its refinery in Iraq so it can produce more cleaner-burning transportation fuels

The project marks the first use of UOP modular technology in the country and will help Lanaz comply with increasingly strict specifications for fuel products.

UOP has supplied licensing and basic engineering design services as well as full modular units to Lanaz, based in Erbil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

As refiners in developing economies seek to upgrade their facilities to produce high-quality gasoline, many are seeking modular solutions to maintain costs and mitigate risk with pre-fabrication and assembly completed in a safe and controlled environment off-site. In addition, modular technology provides a faster pathway to operations with facilities coming online in less time.

“Depending upon capacity and location, UOP’s modular technologies can reduce construction and installation costs more than 20% compared with systems constructed on site,” said Laura Leonard, vice-president and general manager, UOP Process Technologies.

“By upgrading with this technology, Lanaz can start operations between a year and 18 months faster than the traditional field-fabricated model, and quickly produce high-quality gasoline to meet growing demand.”

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