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Mozyr Selects Axens' Heavy Oil Conversion Technologies

OCTOBER 9 - 2006
Mozyr Selects Axens' Heavy Oil Conversion Technolo

Mozyr Oil Refinery in Belarus has selected Axens’ H-OilRC technology for the hydroconversion of 3,000,000 metric tons per year (approximately 60,000 bpsd) of Urals vacuum residue (VR). The new H-Oil plant will convert VR, at high levels, to low sulfur distillates and produce a low sulfur residue.

The Mozyr H-Oil plant will be the most advanced process plant of its kind. The plant will employ Axens’ inter-stage separation (IS2) and advanced hydrogen and catalyst management systems that minimize capital investment and operating costs and maximize unit profitability. The plant also includes an integrated Prime-D unit directly on the H-Oil distillate to produce a 10 ppm sulfur diesel fraction. The high quality vacuum gas oil (VGO) product will be fed to a catalytic cracking unit. An optimized blend of catalytic cracking cycle oils and unconverted H-Oil residue will produce a stable, low sulfur fuel oil with sulfur content below 1 wt%.

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About H-Oil
H-Oil technology is the industry benchmark for the conversion of difficult streams and is employed for heavy oil residue conversion (H-OilRC), and for difficult distillate conversion (H-OilDC ) applications. Recently, the H-OilDC technology has been started-up on mixtures of VGO, light cycle oil (LCO), heavy coker gas oil (HCGO) and aromatic extract oils, in Russia, licensed for use on Canadian bitumen DAO and is under construction for the upgrading of VGO from a direct coal liquefaction plant in China. H-Oil technologies have been licensed for total capacities exceeding 600,000 barrels per day and benefit from nearly 40 years of operating experience on a variety of feeds.

Mozyr Oil Refinery
The Mozyr Oil Refinery, located in the Gomel region of Southern Belarus, exports 80% of its production to European countries, such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Poland. Since 1996, a rapid expansion and technological and environmental improvement programs have contributed to make it among the most sophisticated refineries in Europe.