UOP LLC, has been selected by Jurong Aromatics Corp. PTE Ltd (JAC) to supply technology, basic engineering services and equipment for a new aromatics plant to be installed in Jurong Island, Singapore.
Basic engineering design is underway by UOP, and commissioning of the complex is scheduled for 2011. When completed, this plant will be one of the largest private-owned petrochemical facilities in Singapore.
The plant will produce 800,000 tpa paraxylene, 200,000 tpa of ortho-xylene and 450,000 tpa of benzene. The facility will also produce 2.5 million MTA of valuable fuels to supply growing demand through the region.
The new facility will feature a wide range of UOP technologies to produce low-sulfur, clean fuels and high-quality aromatics. Technologies include the UOP Merox(TM) process and the UOP Distillate Unionfining(TM) processes to remove sulfur and upgrade distillate materials for the production of clean fuels. Additionally, JAC will utilize the UOP CCR Platforming(TM) process, UOP Parex(TM) process, UOP Isomar(TM) process, UOP Tatoray(TM) process and the UOP Sulfolane(TM) process to support the production of high purity aromatics like para-xylene, a key ingredient in the production of PTA (purified terephthalic acid) used to make polyester for fabric and PET (polyethylene terephthalate) chips for carbonated soft drink and water bottles.
JAC is majority-owned by Jurong Energy Corp. Other strategic partners include Glencore, one of the world's largest suppliers of commodities and raw materials, SK Energy, South Korea's largest and one of the world's leading energy and petrochemical companies with a refining capacity of 1.15 million barrels per day and Sanfanxiang (SFX), the largest polyester and PET chip producer in the People's Republic of China.