Iran: Specialised Technology EDL granted License and was awarded Feed Contract for SOC’s Dewaxing Facility
Under the terms of the agreement, EDL has been given the responsibility to modernise lube oil and wax production at SOC’s dewaxing unit. Apart from this, a deoiling unit based on EDL’s technology will also be integrated to produce fully refined wax.
Tehran/Iran – Iran-based Sepahan Oil Company (SOC) has recently signed a contract with German EDL Anlagenbau Gesellschaft mbH (EDL) for the modernisation of lube oil and wax production. The agreement includes granting a license and preparing a Feed (Front End Engineering Design) for SOC’s dewaxing / deoiling unit. The objective is to increase the throughput of the existing dewaxing unit and to improve the base oil quality. In addition to this, a deoiling unit based on EDL’s technology will be integrated to produce fully refined wax. The first phase of this project is expected to be complete by mid-2019.
EDL Deoiling Technology
Advanced processing methods reduce the number of side products in refineries, such as aromatic hydrocarbons or paraffins / waxes. The lube and paraffin producers are thus forced to find new, more efficient technologies. By using the solvent-based deoiling technology, high-quality paraffins are produced from paraffin-enriched residues, so-called slack waxes. The paraffin products are used, for example, in medicine, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, packaging or building material industry. The advantage of the solvent-based technology is the wide range of application – not only light slack waxes, but also heavy slack waxes are processed.
A few years ago EDL started to enhance dewaxing / deoiling technologies. A deciding factor for SOC’s decision was among others EDL’s pilot plants that were subject to expansion or improvement in mid-2018 to reliably determine the required design parameters.
Apart from dewaxing / deoiling, EDL grants licenses for other processes to produce base oils, tender oils, waxes and other special high-quality products.