Axens’ technology for Basrah refinery upgrading project

08 April 2021

Part of Iraq’s Ministry of Oil, the state-owned South Refineries Company (SRC) executed the upgrading of its refinery located in Basrah, Iraq by implementing a new refining plant adjacent to the existing refinery facility. The Basrah Upgrading Project is now reaching the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) phase carried out by JGC Corporation (JGC). 

Axens is pleased to continue being involved in this important Iraqi project, which will increase gasoline and diesel production along with other oil products, reducing the national refined products imports. The Basrah Upgrading Project will also improve the oil refinery efficiency of the complete facility.

Different Axens’ technologies were selected and will be used: a Diesel hydrotreatment unit (Prime-DTM); a VGO Hydrotreating unit; a VGO FCC unit; and an oligomerization unit (PolynaphthaTM).

Thus, an integrated scheme around the FCC unit is implemented thanks to Axens’ unique position for a complete FCC suite of technologies from pre-treatment to post-treatment. The PolynaphthaTM technology downstream the FCC unit for oligomerization of light olefins aims at maximizing gasoline production.

With this award, another reference is added to the long list of more than 300 FCC projects. Industrial successes in this domain keep the FCC Alliance as a global leader with a track record of 4 new grassroots FCC units that started up in the past 4 years.

Also, Axens will provide catalysts & adsorbents, key technology features such as proprietary equipment, training, and technical services.