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PKN ORLEN licenses Honeywell petrochemical technology

September 09, 2019 / Tom Mostyn

Honeywell has announced that PKN ORLEN has licensed the UOP MaxEneTM process, which can increase production of ethylene and aromatics and improve the flexibility of gasoline production. The project, for the PKN ORLEN facility in Plock, Poland, currently is in the basic engineering stage.
Honeywell UOP, a technology provider for the oil and gas industry, first commercialised the UOP MaxEne process in 2013. The process enables refiners and petrochemical producers to direct molecules within the naphtha feed to the processes that deliver good value and improve yields of fuels and petrochemicals. “PKN ORLEN seeks to extend its value chain toward high-margin products, which are increasingly in demand across global markets,” said Józef Wegrecki, Member of the PKN ORLEN Management Board, Operations. “The MaxEne technology would allow us to better harness the potential of our refinery in Poland.” The process separates full-range naphtha into a stream of nor...