Axens Selected for Byco’s Refinery Upgrading Project Phases I, II & III to Support in Producing Euro V Gasoline and Diesel, Pakistan

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Byco and Axens are pleased to announce that Axens has been selected to support Byco’s Refinery upgrading Project Phases I, II, III with providing advanced technical solutions in order to achieve Euro V gasoline and diesel specifications in Pakistan.

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The solution consists of a unique integration of three existing units into a Cracked Naphtha Desulfurization unit using best in the business Prime-G+® licensed technology. This technology plays a major role in meeting Euro V specifications with the best octane retention along its selective hydrodesulphurization process.


Virgin Mix Distillate Hydrotreater (DHT-2), Mixed Distillate Hydrotreater (DHT-3) and Sulfur Recovery Unit (SRU) Catalysts & Adsorbents combined with Proprietary DHT-3 Reactor Internals

Reactors will be loaded with Axens Catalysts & Adsorbents in order to meet stringent Euro-V specifications in the refineries.


The scope of Axens work includes the supply of process design package for integration of three existing units into FCC gasoline hydrotreating configuration using licensed Prime-G+® technology, catalysts & adsorbents for SRU & respective Hydrotreators, internals for DHT reactor, trainings and long term technical services.
The start-up date of the complete Phases I, II & III is expected in Q2 2024.

This award reinforces the intense cooperation between Axens and Byco Petroleum Pakistan Limited, which started in 2019 when Byco awarded Axens with an adaptive study consisting in evaluating the configuration of units to be fitted into their existing refineries. Axens developed at that time a Linear Programming modelling solution that allowed Byco to define the basis of their future refineries configuration and operation when processing different crude oils.


Axens is delighted to be part of this key project and to support Byco refineries Pakistan’ sustainability strategy. Byco will benefit from Axens’ capabilities of latest generation of advanced catalysts and proprietary equipment solutions.
Stephane Wermester
Sales Director Asia, Process Licensing Business Unit at Axens
Byco is delighted to select AXENS to provide multiple solutions for the Upgrade-1 Project. Through this new collaboration, Byco will benefit from the Latest generation catalysts, Prime-G+® technology and proprietary internals to meet EURO-V refinery specifications and higher for road fuels specifications. We thank the AXENS team for innovative solutions for the Upgrade-1 Project by LP modelling, design reviews, catalysts selection and state-of-the-art technologies. We hope to continue the strong relationship with AXENS for years to come.
Wasi Khan
Chairman Board of directors


About Byco

Byco is Pakistan’s leading petroleum company engaged in the businesses of oil refining, petroleum marketing, and petroleum logistics. Headquartered in Karachi, Byco is serving the mission to fulfill Pakistan's energy demand. Byco has Pakistan's largest refining capacity of 156,000 barrels a day, converting crude oil into various saleable components including Liquefied Petroleum Gas, Light Naphtha, Heavy Naphtha, High Octane Blending Component, Motor Gasoline, Kerosene, Jet Fuels, High Speed Diesel and Furnace Oil.


About Axens

Axens is a group providing a complete range of solutions for the conversion of oil and biomass to cleaner fuels, the production and purification of major petrochemical intermediates, the chemical recycling of plastics and all natural gas treatment and conversion options. The offer includes technologies, equipment, furnaces, modular units, catalysts, adsorbents and related services. Axens 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. This unique position ensures the highest level of performance with a reduced environmental footprint. Axens global offer is based on highly trained human resources, modern production facilities and an extended global network for industrial, technical supports & commercial services. Axens is an IFP Group company.


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