Plant Engineering KBR Secures Maiden Contract for New PDH Technology

Editor: Ahlam Rais

KBR’s new K-Pro propane dehydrogenation technology has been selected for the development of a 600 KTA PDH plant in Asia. With the adoption of this technology, capital and operating costs of the facility are expected to reduce.

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The planned PDH unit is expected to start up in 2023.
The planned PDH unit is expected to start up in 2023.
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Houston/USA – KBR has won the first commercial contract for its K-Pro Propane Dehydrogenation (PDH) Technology which the company introduced in January 2019. This innovative and environmentally friendly technology will be utilised for a 600 KTA PDH plant by a client in Asia.

K-Pro provides lower capital and operating costs and environmental benefits for customers. The technology delivers proven reliability that allows facilities to operate for longer periods of time between shutdowns compared to existing commercially available technologies.

K-Pro employs KBR's well-proven Orthoflow Fluidized Catalytic Cracking (FCC) reactor technology. It also leverages KBR's expertise in designing optimised olefins recovery systems, gained through decades of licensing KBR's Score steam cracking and K-COT catalytic olefins technologies.

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At the heart of the K-Pro process is an innovative catalyst that contains no costly precious metals and no environmentally sensitive chromium, which are used in existing commercially available technologies.

"We are very excited that our K-Pro technology was selected for this project," said Doug Kelly, KBR President, Technology Solutions. "Consistent with our corporate focus towards sustainability, K-Pro is a great example of KBR investing in process technologies that are innovative, cutting-edge, and also environmentally friendly."

The planned PDH unit is expected to start up in 2023.

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