Axens Awarded ParamaX Complex for Aromatics Production for SOCAR Turkey’s Future Site in Turkey

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SOCAR Turkey Energy has selected Axens’ ParamaX® Technology Suite for its project of aromatics & PTA (Purified Terephthalic Acid) complex in the future petrochemical site in Aliaga, Turkey. When the final investment decision is taken, this future complex will aim at satisfying domestic market needs in PTA. 

For this project, Axens offered its second generation energy efficient ParamaX® Suite of technologies for cost-effective production of benzene, paraxylene and orthoxylene, in combination with its Pygas hydrogenation technology for steam cracking gasoline treatment.

ParamaX® Suite consists in the following technologies:

  • Eluxyl®, 1.15 paraxylene purification technology originally developped by Axens
  • Morphylane, aromatics Extractive process originally developed by ThyssenKrupp Uhde Engineering Services
  • XyMax-2, C8 aromatics isomerization technology originally developed by ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing
  • TransPlus-5, aromatics transalkylation technology originally developed by ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing.

Axens second generation energy efficient ParamaX® Suite delivers superior products yields while greatly reducing plant energy consumption and enabling to control investment for cost-advantaged aromatics production.

In addition, Axens will provide catalysts, adsorbents, equipment and full services offer from plant personnel training to plant successful start-up, followed by plant performances monitoring services.

The future aromatics complex is expected to produce 1,162,000 tons per year of paraxylene, orthoxylene and benzene.

SOCAR Turkey Energy AS
SOCAR Turkey is a subsidiary of SOCAR, the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic, and is Turkey’s largest international investor with multiple investments in the energy area. SOCAR Turkey’s investments include PETKİM, Turkey’s leading petrochemicals manufacturer, STAR Refinery, which is due to begin operations in 2018, and PETLİM, the largest container port on Turkey’s Aegean Sea coast. SOCAR Turkey intends to construct a new Aromatics / PTA unit adjacent to the newly constructed Star refinery located in Aliağa. SOCAR Turkey expects to take a final investment decision on the new petrochemicals site in 2019.

Axens Group
Following the acquisition of a majority stake in Heurtey Petrochem’s capital and the integration of 50% of Eurecat, Axens Group is ideally positioned to cover the entire value chain, from feasibility study to unit start-up and follow-up throughout the entire unit cycle life. Axens Group provides a complete range of solutions including: technologies, equipment, furnaces, modular units, catalysts, adsorbents and services for the conversion of oil and biomass to cleaner fuels as well as production and purification of major petrochemical intermediates. The offer covers all of natural gas' treatment and conversion options. This unique range of solutions ensures the highest level of performance with a reduced environmental footprint. Axens Group’s global offer is based on: highly trained human resources, modern production facilities and an extended global network for industrial, technical supports & commercial services.