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Modular unit doubles gasoline output limited resources. Built under controlled conditions in
fabrication shops and fully inspected prior to shipment,
the modules are designed to reduce installation time
Over the past eight years, Pakistan has increased its and can result in earlier start-up, further improving
level of petroleum imports to meet growing domestic project economics.
demand for gasoline. To reduce its new-found depen- In addition, Honeywell Process Solutions and UOP
dence on imports, Pakistan Refinery Limited (PRL) Process Information and Control teams worked
needed a way to boost the production of gasoline from together to execute the process control system for the
its refinery, and selected Honeywell UOPs Penex unit, which was critical to its successful operation. In
process. By converting light naphtha to isomerate, the addition to licensing and modular equipment, UOP
Penex process produces high octane gasoline blending provided PRL with catalysts, adsorbents, engineering,
components for the production of cleaner fuels with technical support, and a drier regeneration control
reduced emissions. system (DRCS) for extended catalyst life for the unit.
Working with PRL, UOP provided a detailed design The DRCS worked seamlessly with the existing
for the Penex unit, doubling PRLs monthly output of Honeywell distributed control system. Both systems
high quality gasoline to 24 000 tonnes. The unit was were built on Honeywells Experion PKS platform,
built and delivered as a modular solution, greatly which uses a unified automation system and advanced
simplifying the construction phase and reducing inter- software applications to increase operator productivity
ruption to refinery operations. and profitability. Process graphics were tailored to
Equipment specifications were developed using PRLs plant, and both systems were delivered on time
UOPs Schedule A, basic engineering design. Using a and ready for start-up with the unit.
3D model, UOP engineers worked with PRL to visual- UOP, A Honeywell Company
ise the plant and review the designs throughout the For more information: info@uop.com
project to ensure that it met PRLs processing objectives.
The modules were fabricated in the United Arab
Emirates, and were fully inspected before delivery to
the site. The modules shipped in November 2014, only LINKS
12 months after the order was placed. Within two
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